Wanted: Precinct Workers In Demand
There's a lot that goes into putting on an election and it happens here at the Tulsa County Election Board. Part of that is training precinct officials and that training started today.
They are retirees to college students but what unites them is the election process.
"There's more to it than marking the ballot."
Though retired, Martha Maynard is reporting for duty. Civic duty
"You want to make sure that it's done right, and I think that's one reason that I want to participate."
Maynard is joined by a room full of others wanting to work the next election and beyond. People like Kevan Judah
"This is the one time when all of us are the same, we all get one vote, it needs to be fair, it needs to be clean, we need to make sure it happens."
As precinct workers retire, replacements are needed and that's what you see happening here.
The training covers everything from voter id's to the new ballot machines, and its all spelled out in a manual for precinct officials.
"You're just there to conduct the election, you can't give anybody your opinion, you're not supposed to even show them anything on the ballot," says Patty Bryant, Election Board Secretary.
Precinct workers are paid from 87 to 97 dollars for working an election depending on the position. There is always a need for workers and voters.
"I think everyone should vote. For all of you out there who don't vote, get out and vote."
And maybe, just maybe you can see Kevan Judah on election day.
Training sessions for precinct officials also happen tomorrow and Thursday. To Learn more contact the Tulsa County Election Board.