Beaufort County needs poll workers for November

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BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) – Poll workers are needed in Beaufort County for Election Day on Nov. 3.

According to the Board of Elections and Voter Registration of Beaufort County, to qualify, workers must be registered to vote in South Carolina and attend online training.

Residents age 16 and 17 can apply to be a poll manager assistant.

“Their job is to make sure voters when they come in understand the process. So that we verify that they are voters that are qualified to vote in the election,” explains Marie Smalls, Dir., of Beaufort County Board of Elections.

The goal for the Beaufort County Board of Elections is to have 600 poll workers ready to go this November. Currently the Board of Elections believes they are about 300 workers short.

They are having issues staffing the election because of COVID-19. Some of the usual poll workers, mainly elderly or retired, have opted not to continue because of health concerns.

That;s why Director Marie Smalls has put out the call for a new set of people who want to be part of the election process.

“People with good patience, good public relations skills who can smile despite situations going on around them that are sometimes not so pleasant,” said Smalls.

“They are kind of like the front line folks because they understand the poll workers understand each voter only gets one opportunity to vote every election so if you come and vote in person at the office and then go to the precinct, we have a process to catch that.”

Registration can be completed online at noexcusesc.com. Simply visit that page, scroll down to find the “apply to be a poll manager” section, and complete the form.

Each volunteer will be paid $165 for completing the training and working on Election Day.

The board says health precautions will be taken at all polling locations and volunteers will be provided personal protective equipment.

Call the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Beaufort County at 843-255-6900 for more information and questions.

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