Become a poll commissioner

The race for the City Of Jennings’ next mayor will be here before we know it, and poll workers across the parish will be volunteering their time to help voters cast their choice April 6.

Poll commissioners are always needed to help with elections throughout Jeff Davis Parish and it is not too late to sign up to assist with polls in April.

According to the Louisiana Secretary of State (SOS), the following are reasons to become a poll worker:

• You will work side by side with your neighbors and meet new people.

• You will play a vital role in the democratic process.

• Your community needs you. Louisiana must recruit thousands of poll workers this year for elections to run smoothly.

• It is a great opportunity to help people and serve your community, while having fun at the same time.

• You can get paid for helping your community.

Local election officials can teach you everything you need to know to do the job. To become a poll worker, you must be a registered voter in Louisiana, who does not need assistance and you must attend a course of instruction as required. In addition, you may serve if you are at least 17 years of age and a high school senior.

There are only a few easy steps to becoming a poll worker. First, you will attend a short training class to learn how to be a poll worker. Then, you’re ready to go to work. On Election Day, you’ll help set up the polling place before your friends and neighbors arrive to vote. Finally, you’ll check voters in at the polling place and allow them to cast their votes. Once the day is done, you and your fellow poll workers will close the polling place.

Trained poll workers can earn up to $200 an election, or $250 an election when serving in an administrative capacity, according to SOS.

The job isn’t complicated, and anyone who has worked at the polls will tell you it’s one of the most rewarding ways you can help your community. If you would like to get paid to serve your community and enjoy spending time with your neighbors and meeting new people, sign up to be a poll worker today!

To become a qualified poll commissioner, contact the Jeff Davis Parish Clerk of Court’s office at 824-1160 to enroll in a commissioner training school.

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