Iowa County Auditors Seeking Election-Day Poll Workers

Union County Auditor Sandy Hysell sorts absentee ballot requests in Creston Thursday (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

Union County Auditor Sandy Hysell sorts absentee ballot requests in Creston Thursday (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

CRESTON, Iowa- The election is just about a month away, and some Iowa counties are still looking for poll workers.

In Union County, Auditor Sandy Hysell has 8 precincts, with 35 workers. This year she is 4 short.

“This year’s been a struggle we usually have just enough to get by,” said Hysell. “But this year we had some people who were unable to do it so we have put an ad in the paper and on the radio ask if anybody’s interested to be poll workers.”

Statewide there are 1677 precincts, needing around 9000 workers, according to the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office. Also required are 1500-2000 workers for absentee and special precinct boards who work Monday and Tuesday, as well as several days after the election.

“Auditors pretty much have their poll workers identified by now,” said Kevin Hall, spokesperson for the Secretary of State’s Office. “Statutory deadline, is 15 days before the election, which would be October 24th.”

Hall added that an election day shift is a 16 hour day from 6 am to 10 pm.

“Even though it is a long day the poll workers do try to make it fun,” said Hysell. “They know their jobs they’re very good at their jobs we are so lucky to have the poll workers that we do.”

In Union County Poll workers are paid $9.00 an hour for precinct chair, and $8.00 for poll workers.

Nearby Adair County is offering on it’s website- $10.50 for the chair and $9.50 an hour for workers, plus .44 cents a mile from home to the polling place.