JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) – “I’ve reached out to WLOX to see if maybe we can bring in some new people to help with the ballot manager duties,” Jackson County Board of Elections Chairman Danny Glaskox said.
The Jackson County Board of Elections has a problem.
“Party elections need more ballot managers, so we’re asking for extra help because we just don’t have enough people. The COVID situation has really hurt us in a lot of ways, especially with the ballot manager duties,” Glaskox said. “A lot of seniors, and when I say seniors, I’m talking about people who have worked for us for years, many of them retired. They don’t want to take the risk of getting COVID, so they kinda avoid us. »
That’s why Glaskox is asking for help. He said one incentive to attract workers is money. Poll workers can earn up to $125 on election day, plus about $50 more for training.
“We pay our ballot managers the maximum amount we can, not only to work the elections but also to train them,” Glaskox said. “The law allows us to train people and pay them no less than minimum wage but no more than $12 an hour. We do our best because we want to attract people to work at the polls.
Training begins on April 11. The state requires all workers to train for at least four hours.
Glaskox said it wanted to ensure each worker is qualified and understands the time commitment.
“They work from 6:00 a.m., which again is state law,” he said. “They have to be there at 6 a.m. to be ready to open the polls at 7 a.m. They can’t start closing the polls until 7 p.m., and then they have to stay longer to finish the election results at the police station. and prepare all the cards to send back to us. They are therefore usually there for at least 14 hours. It’s a long day.
Of Jackson County’s five districts, only one is currently fully staffed, according to Glaskox. You can call 228-769-3362 if you want to work.
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