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Local poll workers needed for August primary election

Though the primary election is still five months away, the Warren County Election Commission is making preparations that include a need for more poll workers to staff precincts throughout the county.

“This year, we are expecting a large turnout at our primary elections,” Sara Carlson Dionne, the Warren County Election Commission chairman and District 4 commissioner, said. “For a primary election, we need a double set of poll managers, one for each party. We are in need of voters willing and able to serve as poll managers.”

Poll managers are compensated for this unique opportunity to serve their community and become involved in the election process. They receive $125 for each election they work and an additional $10 per hour for training. Returning and Receiving Managers are compensated an extra $20 plus mileage reimbursement in excess of 10 miles from their precinct to election central. But you must work Election Day in order to get paid for training.

In order to apply, you must meet the following criteria:

•Be a registered ACTIVE voter in Warren County.

•Be at least 18 years of age.

•Be willing and able to attend a training session. Required training is for a minimum of four hours.

•Be prepared to work the entire Election Day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

•Be non-partisan and neutral when working an election.

Job duties include:

•Setting up election equipment inside a designated polling location.

•Preparing election equipment as instructed in training sessions.

•Maintaining election equipment security throughout the election period.

•Thoroughly reviewing and completing all elections forms.

•Posting prescribed election materials inside and outside the polling location.

•Qualifying voters through the use of photo I.D. and polling list.

•Providing instructions and directions to assist voters when needed.

•Selecting the correct ballot style for each voter.

•Assisting voters during the voting process to explain equipment usage.

•Closing the polls at the end of the voting period.

•Retrieving and returning all designated election supplies to the Warren County Election Commission.

Applicants must also have computer skills, including the ability to operate mobile devices such as tablets.

Excellent interpersonal skills are also required in order to interact and cooperate with co-workers and to deal effectively and positively with voters, poll watchers and the general public.

The ability to read, comprehend and follow Mississippi elections laws and instructions given by the Warren County Election Commission is also required.

For more information, visit co.warren.ms.us/poll-worker-application.