Clark County officials may raise poll worker pay next year, a move that would increase the elections budget by about $3,000 annually.
Poll workers are currently paid $101.50 for the day and $5 per hour for attending training sessions. Voting location managers or presiding judges earn more, getting $111.50 on Election Day.
But elections board members are considering increasing poll worker pay by an additional $7.25 for the day and location manager pay by $10.
Clark County Board of Elections Director Matthew Tlachac said officials are considering the increase to better compensate residents who often work 15 hours on Election Day.
Clark County currently has about 360 poll workers who staff 90 precincts.
“Our expectation is that poll workers are there from 5:30 to at least 8:30, sometimes 9. We want to try to pay people what the federal minimum wage is and the Fair Standards Act,” Tlachac said.
Board members are expected to vote on the issue next month.
Clark County Board of Elections Chairwoman Lynda Smith said she hopes the board approves the pay increase.
“We owe them that consideration. It’s essentially a 15-hour day. We give them a break for lunch, but as much as we can do within our budget, I’d like us to do,” Smith said.
Poll workers have a a lot of responsibility and provide a service to the community, Clark County elections board member Ted A. McClenen said.
He believes a pay raise is warranted.
“They’re underpaid for the responsibility they’ve got,” McClenen said.
Montgomery County pays it’s poll workers $105 and their presiding judges $120.
Champaign County poll workers earn $101.50, Board of Elections Director Kathy Meyer said.
Meyer said she is considering asking board members to increase poll worker pay in Champaign County next year, too.
“I think it’s time. It’s been several years since anything has been done,” Meyer said.
Darke County Board of Elections Director Becky J.A. Martin conducted a poll worker compensation study that was sent to elections officials statewide.
She conducted the study because her office was considering increasing presiding judge pay.
Poll workers who work a full day — at least 14 hours — are paid a minimum of $101.50 and a maximum of $133.72 across the state, said Matthew McClellan, a spokesman for the Ohio Secretary of State.
Poll worker compensation 2014
Clark County - $111.50 (presiding judge); $101.50 (poll worker)
Fairfield County - $130 (presiding judge); $121.68 (poll worker)
Franklin County - $133.72 (both presiding judge and poll worker)
Greene County - $106.50 (presiding judge); $101.50 (poll worker)
Miami County - $122 (presiding judge); $112 (poll worker)
Montgomery County - $120 (presiding judge); $105 (poll worker)
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