Mahoning County Board of Elections selects poll workers

Joyce Kale-Pesta, Board Director and Democratic Poll Workers Supervisor
(Photo by Richard Darbey/The News Outlet)

By the end of this week, the Mahoning County Board of Elections should be done signing up poll workers for the November 6th election. Chris Davidson has the story.

Filling more than one thousand posts for the first Tuesday in November is a major undertaking. Each of Mahoning County’s 273 precincts requires two democrats and two republicans… plus supervisors, drivers and other personnel.

Board Director and Democratic Poll Workers Supervisor Joyce Kale-Pesta finished her postings a while ago:

I need none. I have a back log of 250 workers, back ups and I have every precinct filled

John Blue, GOP Poll Workers Supervisor
(Photo by Richard Darbey/The News Outlet)

In Mahoning County, democrats outnumber republicans at least two to one.
So it’s not such an easy task for GOP Poll Workers Supervisor, John Blue:

We are still looking for some people…there’s just a lot less of us

Kale-Pesta says the workers put in a long day:

They get up at five o’clock in the morning they have to be at the polls by 6 everything up and running by 6:30 their job is very demanding so usually by 8:15 they are ready for bed.

Each poll worker makes close to 130 dollars for the day and a training session…but Blue says it’s not about the money:

It’s a front seat to history. Every election is the beginning of how history is made. That doesn’t happen without our elections and without our poll workers,
they are our front lines and they have a front seat to history.

The Board plans to use Youngstown-produced technology to help the new workers:

We are doing a new poll worker training video and we’re using Turning Point now to ask the poll workers questions. So we are sort of moving into the 21st century.

Andrew Bush edited this report. For the News Outlet, I’m Chris Davidson

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