Nevada County pollworkers wanted |

Nevada County pollworkers wanted

Nevada County Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters Gregory J. Diaz is recruiting in the name of democray. Poll workers for the upcoming elections are invited to apply for training and test elections now.

“Poll workers are the backbone of any election,” said Assistant Clerk-Recorder Susan German. “With three elections on the horizon, 2008 will be a busy year and now, more than ever, we need volunteers like you to ensure that Nevada County’s elections are successful.”

German listed some of the changes in the upcoming elections:

– Compliance with California’s Secretary of State’s certified use procedures.

– Superior standards of excellence under Diaz.

– Use of Nevada County’s Hart Voting System utilizing paper ballots and electronic voting machines.

– Enhanced poll worker training and documentation

– A 75 percent stipend increase for serving as a poll worker

The requirements to become a pollworker:

– Be a registered voter in the state of California

– Attend two training classes – equipment training and procedural training

– Set up voting booths, the eSlate and eScan machines

– Open and close the assigned polling place

– Locate voters’ names on the roster and issue ballots or access codes for the eSlate

– Work a long day, usually 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. or until all duties are completed

– Assist people tactfully and patiently in any phase of the voting process

– Perform other tasks as assigned

– Check election day supplies – Inspector duties only

– Coordinate with booth delivery team and poll location’s contact – Inspector duties only

– Manage the polling place activities – Inspector duties only

– Oversee completion of all paperwork – Inspector duties only

Poll Workers will receive a minimum stipend of $140 and $175 for Inspectors and detailed trainings ensuring success as a poll worker.

“In Nevada County, behind every election there are hundreds of people who ensure a smooth and proper operation at the polling places,” Diaz said in a release. “Their efforts play a vital part in making democracy work. Nevada County is seeking Election Officers in order to continue providing the more than 60,000 registered voters the opportunity to vote at neighborhood precincts throughout Nevada County.”

Nevada County is divided into geographically-determined voting groups called precincts. Every voter lives in a specific precinct and can vote in person at their assigned polling place on Election Day. A Precinct Board is staffed with one Inspector and at least two Judges who ensure the integrity of the election process at that precinct.

A Poll Worker is a trusted position that is ideal for anyone who would like to get a first-hand look at how our system works and provide neighbors their opportunity to vote. Many Poll Workers serve year after year for the experience of being an integral part of the election process. All registered voters are welcome to join our team.”

To apply for the position, simply fill out the online application on the county’s web site. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Goodrich at (530) 265-7177 or toll free at 888-395-1298.

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