by Paul Bowers
Want to make a little dough while helping to keep the democratic process up and running? The Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration is looking for 400 poll managers to staff the precincts during the Nov. 6 elections, and they’ll pay you $120 for the job.
To serve as a poll manager, you must be a registered voter in Charleston County or an adjoining county (Dorchester, Berkeley, Georgetown, or Colleton). An exception is made for 16- and 17-year-olds, who can apply to be poll manager assistants without being registered to vote. They are paid the same amount as poll managers.
You also have to attend a two-to-three-hour poll manager training session. The first session will take place in September, and the schedule will be announced once the applications have been received. Poll managers must also be prepared to work the entire election day from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
“Poll managers have a unique opportunity to serve the community, meet their neighbors, and become involved in the democratic process,” says BEVR Executive Director Joseph Debney.
According to a press release, poll managers are needed for precincts in West Ashley, Edisto Beach, Isle of Palms, James Island, Johns Island, McClellanville, Kiawah Island, Mt. Pleasant, Ravenel, and Wadmalaw Island.
To apply for a position, visit the BEVR website and submit your application before September. If you have any questions, contact Precinct Coordinator Pam McArthur at firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 974-6421.