Saturday, January 07, 2023

Sen. Hamilton proposes legislation to increase pay for poll workers

This is a good idea, and could, among other things, help to address the shortage of poll workers that is pretty much a constant issue for election boards across the state.

Sen. Hamilton proposes legislation to increase pay for poll workers

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 6th) – Sen. Warren Hamilton, R-McCurtain, is drafting legislation for the 2023 session to increase pay for election poll workers.

“Poll workers are instrumental in ensuring integrity in Oklahoma’s elections and are absolutely essential to the process,” Hamilton said. “But this last election cycle, many counties faced worker shortages.  I believe increasing the compensation for these jobs would definitely help address this issue.”

Inspectors currently staffing polling places across the state are paid $110 per day, and judges and clerks are paid $100 per day. Hamilton’s proposed legislation would increase compensation to $200 a day.

“These volunteers spend long days at polling places as they arrive well before the polls open and are still working after they close,” Hamilton said.  “A pay increase would not only help attract the workers our counties need, but it’s also a way we can show our appreciation to these individuals who work so hard to ensure an efficient and secure voting process in each of our precincts.”

1 comment:

  1. When I served at the local polling place I don't remember receiving any compensation. That was a long time ago, but I seem to remember it was just a civic duty. I was honored to do it. I had two young children, but again, it was my civic duty. Does everything have to boil down to money?


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