One thousand Ada poll workers ready for Election Day
BOISE, Idaho (CBS 2) —
On election day, some 1,000 temporary volunteer poll workers will be on duty at Ada County's 150 precincts.
Given the anticipated big voter turnout for Nov. 6th, elections officials have had to hustle to get enough workers trained and ready to go.
"We've actually been working on this for a couple of months," said Chris Alkire, Ada County election trainer, "almost all the precincts have a little extra staff compared to what they would on a smaller election."
It can take several hours to train a new poll worker.
"It includes what is required for registration," said Alkire, "what we check for for proof of identity and address. What we do to check in voters, what IDs are required, what to do if they don't have ID. We talk about ballot counting process, what to do to make sure every ballot is accounted for, every signature accounted for."
They're called volunteers but they do get paid.
Those who work during the early voting period get $10 an hour. Those who sign up to work election day get $125.
It's importrant work. Just ask Zuriel Knowles of Boise. She's been a volunteer poll worker for more than 20 years.
"it is a big responsibility," she said. "To be sure you do everything right. Sometimes people make a mistake on the ballot and you have to help them. It's important to them that they are able to vote for the right person that they want to."