Hamilton County Still Needs Poll Workers for Aug. 8 Election

“The need for poll workers is especially high."

Early voting for the Aug. 8 special election started July 11, but the Hamilton County Board of Elections (BOE) said they are still in "especially high" need for poll workers.

“The need for poll workers is especially high this August," BOE director Sherry Poland said in a news release. "If you are a registered voter in Hamilton County and are interested in becoming a poll worker, head to our website and apply today! Serve your community and make a difference.”

Poll worker roles in Hamilton County include Precinct Election Officials, Voting Location Manager and Voting Location Deputy. Responsibilities between these roles can vary, but all are paid between $181 to $218.

Requirements to be a poll worker include:
  • Be a registered and active voter in Hamilton County
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be able to speak, read and write fluently in the English language
  • Be comfortable using electronic technology
  • Not be a candidate for any office to be voted on at the polling place at that election
  • Not be a convicted felon
High school students ages 17 and older can also volunteer through "Youth at the Booth."

Click here to get started on your poll worker application.

Voter ID Laws

The news release emphasized the fact that this will be the first county-wide election under the state's new voter ID laws, which require voters to present a valid form of ID to vote.

Acceptable forms of ID include:
  • Ohio driver's license
  • State of Ohio ID card
  • Interim ID form issued by the Ohio BMV
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • U.S. military ID card
  • Ohio National Guard ID card
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ID card
All photo IDs must have the following:
  • An expiration date that has not passed
  • A photograph of the voter
  • The voter’s name, which must substantially conform to the voter’s name as it appears in the poll list or in the poll book.

What is Issue 1?

The election is being held only to vote on Issue 1, which Republicans have brought forward to make it harder for voters to amend the Ohio Constitution by raising the threshold from 50% to 60%. That means a simple majority, or 50% +1 vote, would no longer be considered a win for amending the Ohio Constitution. This would impact voters' ability to successfully legalize abortion in the state, which is set to go before voters in November. Other initiatives that would be impacted include changing marijuana laws and and raising the minimum wage.

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