Clark and Champaign county boards of elections officials are seeking more poll workers for the May 6 primary election.
The Clark County Board of Elections, which also changed the locations of four precincts this year, currently has 350 poll workers — just four short of the minimum number needed for Election Day. Champaign County officials said they have met their required 112 poll workers.
But elections officials want more people available in anticipation that some workers will be unable to make it to county precincts on Election Day, said Matthew Tlachac, director of Clark County Board of Elections.
“We have people call off and we don’t have a big pool of extra poll workers to draw from. We still have people gone for the winter and it’s made our pool significantly smaller,” Tlachac said.
“It is hard to pinpoint where the greatest need is since there are openings all over — and we need workers affiliated with both major political parties, Democratic and Republican,” he said.
The majority of poll workers in Clark County are age 50 and older, according to a recent study. More than 19 percent of Clark County poll workers are 71 to 75 years old and 18 percent are age 66 to 70, according to the study.
Champaign County Board of Elections Director Kathy Meyer said eligible poll workers must be 17 years or older and are registered to vote. Meyer also said the county needs some more poll workers in case someone becomes ill or has to leave during Election Day.
“It would be nice to have a couple extra,” Meyer said, adding that high school students are also on standby to help if needed.
Poll workers and presiding judges in Champaign County are paid $101.50 per day and receive $15 for a full day of training.
In Clark County, poll workers are also currently paid $101.50 for the day, but presiding judges earn more, getting $111.50 for the day. Workers can also earn as much as $20 for training, Tlachac said.
Training has already begun for poll workers, but Tlachac said additional training will be made available for those interested.
Poll workers will be paired with a team of four at the county’s 90 precincts.
Clark County Board of Elections officials have reduced the number of precincts since 2012 from 100 to 90.
The polling location for the voters in one Mad River Township precinct, two Village of Enon precincts and one Springfield Twp. precinct has recently changed.
The Knob Prairie United Church of Christ, 203 W. Main St. in Enon, is the new polling location for precincts MR-6, Enon 1, and Enon 2. In addition, Springfield Twp. precinct T-4 has changed to the Springfield Township Safety Complex, located at 2777 Springfield-Xenia Rd.
The changes will be in effect for the May 6 primary. Voters affected by the change should be notified by mail on or after April 22.
Previously, voters in the MR-6 precinct voted at the Mad River Twp. Fire and EMS Department Building on E. Main St. Voters in the Enon 1 and Enon 2 precincts voted at the George Rogers Clark Memorial VFW Post #8437 on Enon-Xenia Rd. The former polling location for the voters in precinct T-4 was the Risen Christ Lutheran Church.