YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – About 1,100 poll workers took their post Tuesday to make sure this election cycle every vote gets counted.
There are nearly 200,000 registered voters in Mahoning County. To make sure elections go smoothly, the Board of Elections brings on a small army of poll workers.
“It is a constant battle of filling the precincts and people calling off and refilling the precincts,” said Director Tom McCabe, Mahoning County Board of Elections. “Hopefully on Election Day we have a reserve of workers we can fill in.”
Poll workers keep coming back. Jewel Jennings has been a standing sentry at the ballot box for more than 40 years and loves it.
“I get to meet people, new people. A lot of the old people have moved away. Some have passed away and I still meet new people,” Jennings said.
Poll workers come from all walks of life – young and old, all are welcome to apply.
“It is important to get your younger people interested in being election officials,” said Nicole Zayas, poll worker.
There were enough people to work the polls this election but that is not always the case. Poll worker Sharon Baker said she thinks the long, 14-hour days scare people off. Adding to the difficulty is that half of the workers have to be Republican, which can be a challenge in Democrat saturated Mahoning County.