The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Politics

May 2, 2014

GOP looking for precinct workers

380 people needed on Tuesday

ANDERSON — With the primary election just three days away, the Madison County Republican Party is still looking for some poll workers.

Madison County Clerk Darlene Likens said Friday there are 76 voting locations in the county to serve the 112 precincts. It takes 380 people to conduct the election.

She said five workers are needed at each location — a Democrat and Republican clerk, a Democrat and Republican judge and a Republican inspector.

“I believe the Republican Party is having some problems,” Likens said. “We have tried to combine locations so fewer workers are needed.”

A precinct can open for voting if there is a Democrat and Republican poll worker present, she said. Likens said voting may take a little longer.

If a representative from both parties is not present at a voting location, the Clerk’s office will contact the respective party chairman to get a worker to the site.

“This happens every election,” Likens said of not having enough poll workers. “Those people at the precinct can multi-task. We have never had a precinct not open on time for an election.”

Inspectors are paid $125, and the clerks and judges each receive $75 for the day. The county provides two meals.

“People work on the polls as a civic duty,” Likens said. “The inspector and judge positions are the most important because they operate the voting machines.”

Russ Willis, chairman of the Madison County Republican Party, said he still has 12 to 15 vacancies for election day.

“I expect to fill the positions by Tuesday,” he said.

Ludy Watkins, chairman of the Madison County Democrat Party, said the party has filled all its election day positions in every precinct.

Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter @KendelaBastide, or call 640-4863.

Vote early Registered voters in Madison County can vote early for Tuesday's primary election on the second floor of the Madison County Government Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The polls are open on Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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