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June election: County looking for poll worker volunteers

Registered voters and students 16 or older may apply

Del Norte County is looking for poll workers who will oversee the voting booths during the June 3 primary election.

Registered voters who are 18 years old or older can become either an inspector or a judge at each of the county’s 18 polling places, said County Elections Officer Alissia Northrup. And high school students as young as 16 can also become a poll worker, something that will look good on a scholarship or college application, Northrup said.

“Usually they use kids either from the government or AVID classes, the ones that are college-bound,” she said, adding that a student poll worker has to have at least a 2.5 grade-point average. “It’s really good for them. It shows community involvement and government involvement.”

There are two types of poll workers, an inspector who sets up the polling place and is the one in charge, and the judge who helps the inspector, Northrup said.

If interested, prospective poll workers must attend a training session the Saturday prior to the election. During the class, Northrup said, she will go over any new legislation that changes the way elections are administered as well as how to respond to potential  campaigning that may take place at the polling place.

On election day, the polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., which means workers have to put in a 12- to 13-hour day, Northrup said. Inspectors receive a $75 stipend for their work while judges receive a $65 stipend. Poll workers also receive an extra $10 for attending the class. Student poll workers will also receive a $65 stipend, Northrup said.

Those who are interested in filling out an application can call Northrup at 464-7216 or visit the County Elections Office at the Flynn Administrative Center at 981 H Street in Crescent City.

 
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