Election Commission Seeks Additional Poll Workers In Washington County

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- Additional poll workers are needed to man voting locations in Washington County for the Nov. 8 general election, according to the Washington County Election Commission.

Election turnout is expected to reach nearly 80 percent, which would surpass the record set in the 2012, said Jennifer Price, election commissioner.

Price said about 65 to 70 percent of voters in Washington County turned out to cast ballots in that election.

"We know this is going to be the biggest turnout we've ever seen for an election," said Price, who didn't rule out the possibility of closing voting locations if staff can't meet demands.  "We're already anticipating long lines, but if I don't have poll workers to run that equipment, then that means the voters stand in line that much longer."

Poll workers must be registered voters in Washington County. They earn about $8.80 an hour, while putting in upwards of a 14 hours on election day. Time spent training is also paid. More information can be found here.

"I think it's an opportunity to show my patriotic duty to my country," said Evelyn McGuire Jackson, a poll worker. "I believe that everyone should enjoy the privilege of voting and take it seriously. So, this is the contribution that I can make."