Anderson County Election Officials are experiencing a shortage in workers needed for the upcoming Nov. 8 election . Poll workers are especially needed for the Piedmont, Simpsonville, Williamston, Powdersville, and Easley areas according to Katy Smith, Anderson County Election Executive Director Katy Smith.
Smith said two recruiting programs were developed and implemented before the June Primary but there are still some areas in need of workers for the November General Election. “We are earnestly seeking workers for the following precincts: Brushy Creek, Williamston, Williamston Mill, Pelzer, West Pelzer, Powdersville, Hunt Meadows, Mt. Airy, and Simpsonville”
Election Workers in South Carolina are paid $75 for working Election Day and $60 for attending training. That’s a total of $135 paid by the State for each worker. Clerks receive an additional day’s pay at $60/day for a total of $195.
The state law allows for Poll Manager’s Assistants. These are 16 or 17-year-old young adults that are appointed as poll managers. Assistants must complete poll manager training and may not serve as clerk but have the same responsibilities as a poll manager.
Smith stated, “the staff has reached out to every school within our county to try to recruit some young people to work at the polls on election day, but the response has been extremely low.”
For more informtion contact the Anderson County Board of Elections.