County may hike poll-worker pay


L.A. County put out the word last week – more poll workers are needed for the Nov. 8 elections.

Now the county may put its money where its mouth is.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider a proposal Tuesday to boost Election Day pay for poll workers by $50 for inspectors, $20 for clerks and $15 for attendance at in-person training.

According to a letter from L.A. Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan to the supervisors, “Poll workers are volunteers that are paid a stipend to cover their incidental expenses for providing services at designated polling locations throughout the county.

“Currently, Los Angeles County’s poll worker stipend is $100 for an inspector and $80 for a clerk. These rates have been in effect since June 2006, when the Board of Supervisors approved a $25 stipend increase for Inspectors and Clerks.’’

Logan’s letter goes on to say he is requesting the hike, “in order to facilitate the recruitment and retention of poll workers essential to the successful conduct of elections in Los Angeles County.’’

Last week, Mike Sanchez, a spokesman for Logan’s office, told The Signal about 800 additional poll workers, county-wide, were needed for the Nov. 8 elections.

In all, he said, about 25,000 poll workers will be needed throughout L.A. County for elections covering everything from president of the United States to city councils to local school boards.

About 22,000 served during the primaries, he said.


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