By Heather Ruppe
The Colleton County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections continues to look for poll workers.
The local board needs about 20 more people who will volunteer to be a part of the local elections process: this 2022 election year will feature multiple local, state and national seats in the November General Election.
“We need people who are civic minded and who want to get to know their community. Training is mandatory prior to Election Day - online and in person,” said Angela Upchurch, executive director of the Colleton County Board of Voter Registration and Elections.
Election Day for all poll workers begins at 6:00 a.m. and ends after 7:00 p.m. after all voters have voted, paperwork completed and all equipment is packed up.
According to Upchurch, the State of South Carolina pays $60.00 for training and $75.00 for working Election Day for a total of $135.00.
Election Clerks (those in charge at each precinct) will receive an additional $60.00 for paperwork and the pick-up and return of some election equipment for a total of $195.00.
Poll Managers/Election Workers Requirements
Poll Managers (except Poll Manager Assistants) must be registered to vote in South Carolina.
Students (Poll Manager Assistants) who are 16 or 17 years of age are eligible to work.
Managers cannot show any favoritism to any candidate or party. They must remain non-partisan.
There are several ways to become a poll manager.
Apply in person at 2471 Jefferies Hwy, Walterboro, SC (preferred method).
Apply online at https://www.colletoncounty.org/voter-registration-elections.
Apply online at https://www.scvotes.gov/poll-manager-information.
Anyone with questions about becoming a poll worker or poll manager should contact the local elections office at 843-549-2842.
Upcoming Elections Include:
Statewide June Primaries – Tuesday, June 14, 2022.
(If there is a runoff from the primary, the runoff is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28.)
Statewide General Election – Tuesday, November 8, 2022
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