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Poll Workers Needed For Nov. 9 Special Election in Ohio County

An electronic poll book device is prepared to greet voters for a special election on Nov. 9, when voters will be asked to renew an excess levy for Ohio County Schools.

WHEELING — Additional poll workers are needed to help conduct the Nov. 9 special election in Ohio County, when voters will be asked to renew an excess levy for Ohio County Schools.

Toni Chieffalo, coordinator of elections for Ohio County, said at least 180 poll workers are needed to work that day — five at each of the county’s 36 precincts.

Based on the number of workers already in place, Chieffalo estimated she will need 40 more poll workers for the upcoming election.

Poll workers will start the day at at 5:30 a.m. with voting beginning at 6:30 a.m.

They will stay throughout the day until past the time when voting ends at 7:30 p.m. — 14 hours after the time they arrived.

Chieffalo said she expects a poll worker’s day to end at about 8 p.m.

The work day will be longer than usual this time, since voters will be casting paper ballots.

These will be counted at the precincts before they are taken to the City-County Building for overall computer tabulations by county employees.

The poll worker will be paid a base sum of $150 for their efforts on Election Day, and another $25 for attending a mandatory poll worker class prior to Election Day.

They can earn an additional $25 if they are the person at their precinct who brings the ballots, voter totals and paperwork to the City-County Building. A second person who is responsible for returning all equipment receives an extra $10.

“We’re needing poll workers for the special election,” Chieffalo said. “We’re losing a few of our regulars because it is a Saturday election. Some have said they will be out of town or are going to weddings that day.”

A husband and wife team of poll workers did tell Chieffalo they planned to give up their football tickets that day to be poll workers.

Chieffalo said she could get by with the poll workers she has.

“I’m just afraid someone could get sick,” she said.

Poll workers need to be registered voters living in Ohio County.

Chieffalo plans to speak to students over the age of 18 this week at Wheeling Park High School in an attempt to recruit some as poll workers.

The levy to be decided by voters is a five-year levy that generates about $18 million annually for the district. It expires June 30. The school board’s yearly budget is about $66 million.

The levy is separate from the $42.2 million bond levy passed last year specifically for property improvements throughout Ohio County Schools.

The money from this levy would be used to for instructional materials, equipment and services; maintenance and operation of the school system; salaries and benefits; support agencies and community services; and transportation.

Those needing to register to vote prior to the election must do so before Oct. 21. Early voting is set to take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday between Oct. 25 and Nov. 6 at the City-County Building.

Anyone with questions or wanting to become a poll worker should contact Chieffalo at 304-234-3750.

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