Election season is upon us, and the Chemung County Board of Elections is asking for help from residents because they are in need of election inspectors.
Election inspectors, who oversee the voting process, are in short supply. The Board of Elections says these volunteers are vital.
Voters will be going to the polls September 19 th, for the state and local primaries, followed up by the General Elections in November.
“We have over 89 districts and we need anywhere from 4 to 6 for each of those tables,” Tina Cane, Administrative Specialist, said. “We always have things come up, people retire, people pass away, people move away, so we’re constantly in need of new people.”
According to the Chemung County website, to become an election inspector:
To be an Election Inspector, you must be:
- A registered voter in Chemung County
- Able to read and write English
- Work from 6:00 am until 9:00 pm on Election Day
- Primary Elections (12:00 pm until 9:00 pm)
All Election Inspectors are required to:
- Attend a training class annually
- Set up voting booths (hang signs, set out supplies, etc.)
- Open the voting machine
- Locate voter name in the poll book
- Issue affidavit and emergency ballots when necessary
- Assist voters in any phase of the voting process
- Complete necessary paper work
- Tally votes from the machine and paper ballots
- Perform tasks as directed by the Chair Election Inspector
Before you officially become an Election Inspector you must be certified by attending a training session. Call the Board of Elections at 607-737-5476 or 607-737-5477 for more information.