Staff from the County Board of Elections discussed its “Delaware for Democracy” program at City Council’s meeting Monday.
“We know that Delaware city attracts the best of the best, and we’re here to recruit,” said deputy director Karla Herron.
“We are here to ask for a partnership with the city to allow your workers to work on Election Day for us and not necessarily have to take vacation,” said election services manager Stephanie Clase. “They would still earn their pay, and outside of their hours we would pay them as election workers.”
Clase said the county has already instituted a similar program for its employees, and several elected officials have worked at the polls.
“We get our election workers from the county program, our ‘Youth in the Booth’ high school program, and American Electric Power,” she said. Powell and several townships in the county are also participating, too.
Local businesses were also encouraged to participate, and their workers would be allowed to wear clothes that names the firms. In addition, groups may sign up to work the polls, and donate their day’s earnings to a charity.
“You guys are also welcome to work, unless you’re up for election,” Clase said to council.
“There’s always going to be a need (for workers),” said director Josh Pedaline. “Your support would be greatly appreciated.”
Each precinct is required to have four workers, regardless of how busy it is during an election. There are 146 precincts in the county, 26 of which are in the city.
The board was asking council to pass a resolution in support of Delaware for Democracy, as well as the city’s help in promoting the program. City officials were looking into whether a resolution had been previously adopted.
For more information, visit http://www.co.delaware.oh.us/boe/index.html or call 740-833-2080.
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