Election worker shortage in Anderson Co., find out how to help

ANDERSON, SC – Two recruiting programs were developed and implemented back before the June Primary. However, there are still some areas that are in need of more workers for this November General Election.

Especially in the Piedmont, Simpsonville, Williamston, Powdersville, and Easley areas.

“Even with all of our efforts and the two additional recruitment programs, we are still in a serious need of workers in these areas.” said, Katy Smith, Executive Director.

Election Workers in South Carolina will be paid $75 for working Election Day and $60 for attending training, according

That’s a total of $135 paid by the State for each worker.

Clerks receive an additional day’s pay at $60/day for a total of $195.

“If anyone is interested in working at the polls on Election Day they can contact us, said Mrs. Smith, “we are earnestly seeking workers for the following precincts: Brushy Creek, Williamston, Williamston Mill, Pelzer, West Pelzer, Powdersville, Hunt Meadows, Mt. Airy, and Simpsonville”

The state law allows for Poll Manager’s Assistants.

These are 16 or 17-year-old young adults that are appointed as poll managers.

Assistants must complete poll manager training and may not serve as clerk but have the same responsibilities as a poll manager.

Mrs. Smith stated, “the staff has reached out to every school within our county to try to recruit some young people to work at the polls on election day, but the response has been extremely low.”

The bottom line is that long lines are expected this November 8 and the first step in managing them is having enough Election Workers to meet the need and demand of voters at the polls. If you are interested in helping contact the Precinct Coordinator at 864-222-6676.

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