Voting is important. Y’all have probably heard it now from the television, from your Facebook wall—and from us. But just as important as voting are the people who make it possible — who are those people volunteering to work the polls on Election Day?
That person could be someone like you. The Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration is looking for new poll managers. The poll manager is responsible for a number tasks, including processing voters, ballot distribution, activation of voting machines, and other general tasks related to voter assistance. According to board Executive Director Joseph Debney, poll managers “have a unique opportunity to serve the community, meet their neighbors and become involved in the democratic process.”
Meeting the people who live in your community sounds great, and community service in general sounds even better? But what if you got paid for doing it too? The county offers its poll managers $135 for their work: $60 as compensation for attending a mandatory training session and $75 for working Election Day. In order to get paid, you are required to work the whole day, 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Poll managers are needed for the following areas: Downtown Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, West Ashley, James Island, Johns Island, Hollywood, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, and Wadmalaw Island. If you are interested in helping our democracy function and getting paid for it, find the application online for further instructions on how to proceed. And seriously, don’t forget to vote on Nov. 6.