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Save a life: Work on Election Day

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Friday, January 18th, 2008 at 2:50 pm in 2008 presidential primary, Contra Costa politics.

See this man to the right?

He’s starting to hyperventilate.

Less than three weeks before the Feb. 5 election, Contra Costa County remains dangerously short of pollworkers, particularly in the San Ramon Valley.

Registrar of Voters Steve Weir (that’s him, on the right) urged (okay, he’s begging) area residents to consider working on Election Day.

He needs at least 65 more inspectors willing to serve as voting precinct supervisors plus other workers who will help staff the county’s polling places.

The inspector job pays $100 while clerks earn $80. Workers will also be paid $20 to attend a mandatory three-hour training class.

On Election Day, expect to work about 15 hours from poll set-up before the opening of polls at 7 a.m. until after polls close at 8 p.m.

To request an application, call 925-335-7800 and select option 3 or visit www.cocovote.us and click on “Pollworkers Needed!” button.

So, take a vacation day from your regular job. Or if you’re retired, consider spending a day helping put on an election.

You’ll earn a few bucks, help promote democracy and keep Weir from turning blue.

PHOTO OF WEIR PROVIDED BY THE CONTRA COSTA COUNTY CLERK-RECORDER’S OFFICE.

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  • Angela

    Isn’t it Mr. Weir’s job to make sure that there are plenty of poll workers to work at the designated polls? I saw the other night that he stated “I would hate to have to tell people that they cannot vote in their precint, due to having low poll worker turnout”. Not too long ago Mr. Weir received a nice pay raise, make him earn it. I say!