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Pima County seeks workers for primary and general election polls

Pima County is currently seeking registered voters to work at the polls for the primary election on Aug. 30 and the general election on Nov. 8.

The Elections Department will hire about 2,000 workers to assist in the set up and running of polling sites throughout the county, with the most need for employees in the Sahuarita area. 

According to the department, there will be about 240 polling sites in Pima County, including Tucson, Marana and the Green Valley area. It takes nine people to operate each location.

Election aide Vasiliki Kyriakakis said there is always a need for poll workers. Even when polling sites have full teams, the department always selects alternates. 

“We always need people. Some people sign up and have buyer’s remorse, whatever you want to call it, and they can’t do it,” she said. “So, it’s an ongoing process of needing people year-round to sign up.”

The primary role of poll workers is to assist voters on Election Day and ensure everything at the site is ready before the polls open. Some of the tasks outlined in the department’s employee manual  include checking voter identification and filling out various types of forms.

Though most of the work defined involves paperwork and social interaction, there a few physical requirements involved in setting up each location. Workers might be expected to move chairs and tables, put up signs and set up the private voting booths.

The department is looking for candidates with their own sources of transportation who can commit to 12 to 16 hours on Election Day. According to the handbook, workers may be asked to show up at 5 a.m. to open the polls and stay after to clean when the polls close at 7 p.m.

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Those selected must also complete a training session before Election Day that covers expected conduct and instructions to complete the tasks assigned. Classes before the primary election take place from Aug. 15 to 27 at various locations in Tucson. A complete schedule of times and locations is available online.

Kyriakakis has served as a poll worker for several elections, in and out of Arizona, and said she enjoyed the experience. 

“It’s a chance to be a part of the political process and to be on the front lines, working with people who have come in to cast their ballots,” she said. “It’s just an interesting job and it doesn’t require a lot of experience.”

All poll workers will be compensated at least $130 with the potential to earn more depending on what kind of work they do.

Only voters registered in Pima County are eligible, and those interested can apply by contacting the Elections Department at 520-724-6830 or by filling out the online form

Once a person has been selected, they will be contacted by the department for further instructions. 

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