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  • Celeste Smith

Lauderdale Co. poll workers to soon begin training to prepare for the 2020 presidential election

The Mississippi Secretary of State is encouraging Mississippians to work the polls, concerned about a poll worker shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the poll worker portal page of the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Website, listed above the form Mississippi residents can complete if they are interested in serving as a poll worker, there is a statement from Secretary of State, Michael Watson, asking for Mississippians help at the polls, to ensure the state does not face a poll worker shortage.

The statement says, “with so much uncertainty, one thing that remains constant is the need for secure and efficient elections, with a significant part being an adequate number of trained poll workers”.

Lauderdale County’s District 4 Election Commissioner, Gloria Dancy, shared that the county had to hire more poll workers, due to losing some because many were not comfortable working the polls during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve had to hire some new workers, because of workers not wanting to return. A lot of our workers are senior citizens, I myself have had to hire 12 new people. Some of those people I got from the contacts from the secretary of state,” said Gloria Dancy, Lauderdale County’s Election Commissioner for District 4.

She shared that thankfully, the county will have enough poll workers to work at each voting precinct, and they were hired in time for the upcoming presidential election in November.

“Everything worked out, it worked out, it wasn’t too much of a concern, because people are willing to. I’ve had people call and say, ‘it’s my civic duty to help, I see you all need some help’. So, it turned out, we have them in time. All of us will be mailing out to our poll workers this week, their letters telling them when they are going to come to training,” said Dancy.

Lauderdale County will begin its training course for the newly hired poll workers on Monday, October 12, to prepare them for their duties at the polls on election day in November.

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