With the election less than one month away, King County Elections is still looking for 700 individuals to fill nearly 4,000 poll worker positions.
“King County hasn’t yet made the transition to all-mail voting and poll workers are still needed to help ensure that poll voters can cast their vote on Election Day,” said Sherril Huff, King County Elections Director. “This will be one of the final opportunities to work at the polls and I urge anyone interested to get involved today.”
Huff said the office has stepped up recruitment and training efforts in hopes of having a back-up work force to ensure that all available positions are filled. In addition to recruiting individual poll workers, Partnership in Democracy was established as a program aimed at recruiting groups with an interest in promoting team building, civic pride and as an opportunity to fundraise or earn community service hours.
Bilingual speaking poll workers are needed throughout King County to provide language assistance to Chinese voters with limited English proficiency.
Poll workers are responsible for opening and closing the polls and issuing ballots to voters. Workers receive a three-hour, paid training prior to Election Day, and the position requires attentiveness and a commitment to helping people navigate the election process.
Poll workers in King County receive $125.09 for their service on Election Day, which begins at 6 a.m. and ends once the poll closing procedures are completed, around 9 p.m.
Individuals interested in serving as a poll worker, either as a group or as an individual, should call the Poll Worker Coordination Office at 206-296-1606. For more information on working for King County Elections or information on the ballot measures and candidates, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/elections/.