Voter registration deadline Tuesday, poll workers needed

Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote prior to the March 17 primary, and early voting begins Wednesday, according Lori Ritzler, deputy director of Seneca County Board of Elections.

She gave the reminder at the Seneca County Commissioners meeting Thursday.

Ritzler said there’s a need for about 210 people willing to work the polls March 17. Because the primary is in March during a presidential election year, instead of in May, she said many poll workers who live in Florida or other areas during the winter won’t be back to Ohio in time.

Poll workers get paid $120 for the day. They must be ages 18 or older and be registered voters in Seneca County. They can be registered Republican, Democrat or independent.

When they sign up to work, poll workers will be scheduled for a training session, for which they are paid $30, and then will be placed with experienced workers if they’re new the job.

Ritzler suggested that working the polls might make a good fundraiser. An organization would get $125 per person who works.

“No orders to take and nothing to deliver,” she said.

Ritzler said the average age of poll workers in the county is 83 or 84, which means new workers always are needed as people get older and can no longer take on the work.

She said voting machines have been tested and programmed and ready to use.

For more information on registering to vote or becoming a poll worker, call (419) 447-4424.