Monday, December 11, 2023

Elections are coming up and help is needed

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The Virginia Department of Elections is hiring people to work the polls during the coronavirus. (WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)

Thousands of people have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus and this temporary gig just might ease their financial burden a bit.

Elections are just around the corner and the Virginia Department of Elections needs election officers for the upcoming May elections and June primary.

Election officers verify voter information and other tasks at polling stations on election days. You can apply for the position here.

“The Governor is encouraging college and university students, state employees, teachers, high school students, or anyone who is interested, to become involved as election officers, especially when many retired Virginians—a population that traditionally serves as election officers—are at a higher risk for complications from COVID-19,” according to the Facebook post from the Peninsula & Hampton Health District. “While working as an election officer, Virginians are not only able to help their communities, but they are also eligible for compensation.”

Polling stations across the state will have safety measures such as sanitation and social distancing practices in place.

Andrea Gaines, director of community relations & compliance support for the Virginia Department of Elections,said the pay rate for election varies by locality.

Vicki Lewis, registrar from the Newport News General Registrar’s office, said that locality pays election officers $110 per day.

Information on pay rates for other localities was not immediately available.

The local municipal elections are May 19 and the primary is June 23.


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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