On the heels of the presidential election, there's now a shortage of poll workers
Its been 5 months since the presidential election and there is a problem bubbling up when it comes to how we vote. The Onondaga County Board of Elections needs more people to sign up to become poll workers.
In Onondaga County alone there are 183 polling stations. It takes 2,000 people to staff all of them. Historically, the year after a presidential election means a drop off in people willing to work these jobs. 70 percent of poll workers are retired. The B.O.E. says a presidential year is the last one many poll workers do. It's trying to get younger people interested in the idea, people like Lauren Graham who have become more involved after the election.
"I think the problem before was there was a lot of complacency," says Graham.
She's 26 and calls herself a moderate. Before last November, she never thought about becoming a poll inspector, but now says she wants to work on election day this fall to help make sure everything is fair.
"It's helpful, because you can watch it and you're seeing what's happening so you definitely would feel more confident in the voting process."
Training starts next month. While it'll accept any registered voter in the county there's an emphasis on attracting young people, so there's a new core of workers for years.
"All of this talk about protecting the vote, if you're interested in that being an election inspector will be right up your alley," says Onondaga County Democratic Election Commissioner Dustin Czarny.
Danny Mulvihill is the poster boy for young people caring about voting. He saw all five candidates this time last year for his first election and says having young people at the polls will help get the most people possible to the right location. In fact, just last year the Board of Elections started asking its workers to look up a voter's correct polling location when needed, on their smart phone.
"I think younger people using technology would be a better transition into the more tech based voting system," says Mulvihill.
If you would like to get involved, click here. Election day pays $190 and working the primary pays $140.