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Jul 3, 2017 5:36 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

County Board Of Elections Calls For More Polling Place Workers

Jul 4, 2017 1:11 PM

As another election season starts to ramp up, the Suffolk County Board of Elections has put out an appeal for more people from South Fork communities to sign up for election inspector duties on primary and general election voting days.

Election inspectors handle all the duties at polling places, checking voter rolls, logging in voters and assisting with the casting of ballots.

In recent elections, the Board of Elections has been forced to bus in people from western Long Island to cover some South Fork polling places because of a lack of commitment from local residents, Reggie Cornelia, the East Hampton Town Republican Party chairman, who also works at the Board of Elections, told members of the Springs Citizens Advisory Committee recently.

Election inspectors are paid $12.50 per hour and the same crew of inspectors works the entire day on voting days, typically 16.5 hours, from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

“It’s one long day,” said Lauren Lembo, an inspector coordinator for the county. “We rotate them through different stations throughout the day, to try to keep it from getting too monotonous.”

Each polling place needs between two and four inspectors per 1,000 people who could potentially cast ballots there, Ms. Lembo said. The inspectors must be an even split of registered Republicans and Democrats.

Any registered voter can sign up to work as inspector. Voters interested in working as inspectors can call the Suffolk County Board of Elections at 631-852-4550.

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