Working the Polls On Election Day

For the March 17 primary election to work — even for it to be legal — the Belmont County Election Board need 280 people to staff polling places. There are 70 precincts, each requiring four workers.

Complicating matters is the fact that each precinct must have at least one registered Democrat and one Republican working. That, of course, is one of the keys to why local residents can have faith that elections are honest.

Increasingly during the past couple of decades, finding poll workers — everywhere, not just in Belmont County — has become difficult. “We really need people to be interested,” commented Election Board Director Kelly McCabe.

If you are — and you ought to be — contact the Election Board (740-526-0188) and ask about getting trained as a poll worker. Make the call within the next few days.


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