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• More than 11,000 workers still needed for June 3 primary election

Posted: May 12, 2008 2:25 a.m.
Updated: July 13, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
An additional 11,300 pollworkers are needed to staff polling places for the California Primary Election on June 3, acting county Registrar-Recorder and Clerk Dean Logan said over the weekend.

"Pollworkers are an essential part of a successful election day," he said. "We have recruited over 18,000 pollworkers, but with the election less than one month away we are still in need of over 11,000 pollworkers."

Logan added that four local areas - Canyon Country, Castaic, Saugus and Valencia - are among the communities where there is a shortage of pollworkers. He urges residents in these areas to serve as pollworkers on June 3.

Pollworkers are compensated $80 for working election day plus $25 for attending a 90 minute training session.

On June 3, pollworkers must be available between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. to set up the polls, provide assistance to voters and conduct poll closing procedures.

"Pollworkers serve on the frontline of democracy," Logan said. "Their commitment to public service is a tribute to them and their communities."

He added that there are several training sessions offered throughout Los Angeles County. The Registrar-Recorder's Web site, which is www.lavote.net, provides a schedule of classes, pollworker training videos and training materials.Training videos may also be obtained at county libraries.

Bilingual pollworkers are also needed, particularly those who can speak one or more of the following languages: Cantonese, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, or Vietnamese.

In order to work as a pollworker, the individual must be a register voter and a resident of California.

For more information about how to become a pollworker for the upcoming Primary Elections, please call 1-800-815-2666, and select option 7.

Interested pollworkers my also visit www.lavote.net.

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