Desoto County Election Commission facing poll worker shortage in November

Desoto County Election Commission facing poll worker shortage in November

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — The November election is right around the corner and election officials are scrambling to find poll workers. That's because many older people opted out because of the coronavirus.

“Our presidential year is always a heavy turnout,” said Desoto County Election Commission Chairman Danny Klein.

The Desoto County Election Commission is gearing up for a large voter turn out this November, in the midst of a global pandemic.

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“We have the plexiglass shield on the poll manager table that should protect from the public,” said Klein. “They will be wearing masks and gloves.”

Klein said they have tackled the safety aspect of voting, but now they’re facing another issue.

“We can use some poll managers,” he said.

According to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, in 2016 more than 50 percent of the country’s poll workers were over 60. The same age group is most at risk if they catch the coronavirus.

“I personally have run into a few who have opted out because of their age and concern for COVID-19 virus,” said Klein.

It’s a national issue that’s forcing election administrators to call on young people to apply.

“We’re hiring an additional two workers per precinct, a bailiff to help the flow of people, and a person that will do nothing but sanitize,” said Klein.

In Desoto County, they are looking to fill 350 positions.

Poll workers make about $150 a day.

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