New Castle News

November 20, 2013

Pay to increase for poll workers

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Lawrence County poll workers will receive a pay increase beginning with the May primary.

The county Board of Elections, made up of the three commissioners, approved an increase of $10 each for judges, majority and minority inspectors, clerks and constables yesterday.

The increases boost the pay per election to $95 for judges, to $85 for majority and minority inspectors, to $80 for clerks and to $85 for constables.

Ed Allison, county elections director, said the increases total approximately $9,480, and the money has been budgeted.

When asked by Commissioner Steve Craig the rationale for the increases, Allison said Lawrence County falls in the lower third for pay for election boards in the state.

“We are by no means the least, but we are far from the top,” he said.

Noting this is the first increase for election boards since 2009, he said work for election workers has become more complex over the years. He said the state election code requires the workers to be at the polls by 6 a.m. on election day, adding that they put in a 15- to 16-hour day.

The board also certified the results of the Nov. 5 general election.

Allison said lots will be drawn at noon Friday in the commissioners’ meeting room to break any ties.

Write-in votes created a tie for borough council in Enon Valley. Carl Braden and Ed Powers each received one vote.

Ties also exist for auditor in Little Beaver, North Beaver and Taylor townships.