Supervisor of Elections Turner putting out call for more poll workers

Goal is to ensure Election Day polling places ‘are run efficiently, accurately and fairly’

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner. File photo

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is asking Sarasota County voters to consider becoming poll workers for the Aug. 23 Primary Election and the Nov. 8 General Election.

The Supervisor of Elections Office “recruits and trains several hundred poll workers in advance of each election,” a news release explains. “These workers are vital to the administration of elections in Sarasota County. With two countywide elections approaching,” the release continues, Turner is putting out the call for additional poll workers to ensure that Election Day polling places “are run efficiently, accurately and fairly.”

“We are fortunate to have so many dedicated poll workers who return each year to help manage successful elections,” Turner said in the release. “Still, our need for poll workers is increasing, and I hope more members of our community will step up to serve for the August and November elections.”

“Requirements for becoming a poll worker include being a registered (or pre-registered) voter of Sarasota County and being able to attend training and work on Election Day,” the release points out, with emphasis.

“Poll workers are paid a total of $175 to $300 per election, based on position,” the release adds. For the Aug. 23 Primary Election, “there is a particular need for inspectors and deputies,” the release explains.

Turner also urges local high school and college students who meet the requirements to become poll workers, the release says. In addition to getting paid for their service, students may “receive valuable community service hours for training,” the release points out.

More information about becoming a poll worker may be found at SarasotaVotes.gov/Poll-Workers or by calling 941-861-8640.

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