Poll workers needed for May 8 primary

Butler County needs around 500 poll workers for the May 8 primary election.

The elections office recruits around 1,600 poll workers every election, but around 1,300 will actually work on Election Day. Tammy Cuevas, Butler County Board of Elections’ Community Outreach coordinator, said every year people call in sick or cancel.

“We can’t do it without the poll workers,” she said.

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Poll workers are compensated $174 for their time that includes a 3-hour training in April, a set up meeting the day before election and working on Election Day from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., that’s an hour before and after the polls open and close, respectively.

Poll workers greet voters when they come to one of the 89 polling locations and process voters and provide any assistance to voters on election day. There’s a big need for Democratic Party poll workers in West Chester and Liberty townships, and Republican Party poll workers in Oxford and Middletown, Cuevas said.

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Many poll workers see this as a civic duty, but Cuevas said: “People do it for different reasons. Some people do it for the money, others see it as community service.”

On average, about 900 of Butler County’s poll workers are returning and 400 are new. You have to be 18 and older, but seniors in high school can be 17, in order to work as a poll worker on Election Day.

While returning poll workers may only need to take a refresher course online, if there’s a lot of time between elections former poll workers will need to take the in-person course. Over the course of 2-1/2 weeks in April, there will be training days in the morning, evening and Saturdays, Cuevas said.

To sign up as a poll worker with the Butler County Board of Elections, call 513-785-5711 or visit ButlerCountyElections.org.

Also, poll workers are needed in all areas of the state, so for Warren County residents, they can contact the Warren County Board of Elections at 513-695-1358 or visit www.WarrenCountyBOE.us

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