TAYLOR COUNTY—As the popular saying goes, the show must go on and the primary election is no different.
Although the date has been postponed until June 9, as of now, state officials are confident that voters will be able to hit the polls when casting their votes.
Because of the current Coronavirus crisis, officials are very aware that obtaining traditional poll workers could be challenging, noting that it is of great importance that County Clerks are armed with the resources they will need to open the polls, including additional workers.
Having ample amounts of workers will ensure that polling locations will be open and accessible to voters, and officials in Taylor County are seeking your service!
Taylor County Clerk Georgianna Thompson shared that obtaining poll workers can sometimes be a difficult task in a regular election, let alone during a global pandemic, but she is hopeful that Taylor County residents will step up to the task.
Not only does poll working offer individuals a way to carry out their civic duty, but it can also help put cash in their pockets.
“Not only are they paid to work the polls on election day, they also get paid to attend poll worker training,” revealed Thompson. “This would be a great election for folks to volunteer their time at, because we have already had a lot of people vote absentee.”
Thompson revealed that while rates of pay vary from county to county, locally, dedicated individuals who wish to help on election day will receive $160, plus an additional $20 to take part in the video training.
To be eligible for the position, participants must be a registered voter of the county and must be able to read and write.
They may not be a candidate or official write-in candidate on the ballot; cannot be a parent, child, sibling or spouse of a candidate, may not be a person prohibited from serving as an election official due to statute; and cannot have been previously convicted of a violation of any election law.
“I know of some poll workers that will not be eligible to work this year, because of their desire to run for one of the positions up for bid,” said Thompson.
She explained that workers will first be chosen by a list provided by the county’s executive committees. Those nominated election officials can be confirmed prior to appointment by the county clerk’s office.
“Once those workers have been assigned positions, I can start pilling from my list of interested individuals,” she noted. “Should someone wish to become a poll worker, I encourage them to contact our office by phone at 304-265-1401 and ask to speak to Virginia Cochran.”
Thompson would also like to remind those who would like to vote absentee, to be sure to fill out and submit their absentee ballot applications to her office as soon as possible, so that the official ballots may be mailed out for completion.
Completed ballots will need mailed to Taylor County Clerk, 128 W. Main Street, Annex 2, Grafton, WV 26354.
More election information can be obtained by visiting GoVoteWV.com, calling the WV Secretary of State’s Elections Division by phone at 304-558-6000 or by sending a message to [email protected]vsos.gov.