The Bucks County Board of Elections is looking for 200 people, for a total of 2,000 workers, to fill the remaining paid positions vital to making sure the election this November 6th runs smoothly.
According to Board of Elections Assistant Director Katie M. Pliszka, there are three main pay grades for positions ranging from part time to full time.
Election judges have the most daunting task of working from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., but are duly compensated $135 for the extended shift. Other all-day workers will earn $105 and are tasked with opening and preparing the polling place, processing voters and providing voter assistance, closing the polling place, and assisting with ballot tabulation.
Clerks and machine inspectors can work half-day shifts from either 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Election Day constables appointed by each district’s elected constable are paid $95 for the day.
“Becoming a poll worker provides you with an opportunity to serve the public and
ensure that fellow voters are confident and comfortable when voting on Election
Day,” Pliszka said. “You will experience hands-on involvement with the
democratic process, assist members of the community and serve as role models.”
While the normal voter turnout for midterm elections struggles to reach double digits, polling locations are preparing for a 50% voter turnout rate due to the tense political climate. Having enough poll workers will help speed up lines for voting machines and get results faster when things are wrapping up towards the end of the evening.
The demand for extra workers is focused mainly in Bristol, Falls, and Newtown Townships. Anyone interested in helping the county ensure a smooth election can email Pliszka at firstname.lastname@example.org.