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Wilson County poll officials may now apply online

Staff Reports • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:42 PM

Wilson County voters interested in serving as election officials for any of the elections in 2014 may now apply online at wilsoncountyvotes.com. 

The new online application offers a convenient way for anyone interested in working with the Election Commission as a poll official to apply. 

Each election the Election Commission appoints approximately 350 poll officials to staff the 31 Election Day polling sites and the four Early Voting locations. 

Many poll officials cannot work every election because of vacations, unforeseen events or other conflicts. There is always a need for trained poll officials that are prepared to serve. 

Poll officials must be registered voters in Wilson County, must be able to read, write and communicate in English, must have access to online training, must be able to lift 40 pounds, must be able to work a 14-hour day, must be available on Election Day and must enjoy working with people. 

“Being a poll worker is like being a ‘paid volunteer,’” said Phillip Warren, administrator of elections. “The pay and the frequency of elections are not great enough or often enough to be a job anyone would take ‘for the money.’ The greatest benefit to being a poll worker is the gratification derived from your active participation in the election process and public service.” 

“Poll officials receive training online as well as in a classroom and hands-on,” said Warren. “Wilson County’s Early Voting and Election Day polling sites are staffed with well-trained, dedicated poll officials,” Warren continued. 

“Poll officials also have the opportunity to give back to the community by participating in the Adopt-A Precinct program.” Warren said. “The Adopt-A-Precinct program was initiated in 2012 and was a tremendous success. We look forward to more partnerships this year with local groups to provide a public service while they raise funds for their projects.” Warren continued. 

To learn more about being a poll official, Adopt-A-Precinct opportunities, elections, running for office or voting, visit wilsoncountyvotes.com.

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