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Election help needed


IOWA CITY (KWWL) - The Johnson County Auditor's office is buzzing, and the clock is ticking.

They're taking names, filling out voter registration cards, and of course, counting ballots. "We have seen an awful lot of interest in the election this year," says County Auditor Tom Slockett. That's moreso than in past years, he says, and that has him a bit worried. With a record voter turnout expected two weeks from now, he's still short on election officials.

"We need over 500 poll works this year, and we don't have enough at this point in time." That was as of Thursday, when he was still short 75 poll workers. Those who join up will work with folks like Sharon Eden, who says working an election is rewarding.

"I get to meet people, and see people I already know, and it's just seeing people." She's worked enough of them to know it's a pretty simple job. "If I can do it, it's not difficult," she laughed.

If early voting numbers are any indication, Slockett says he'll need more people just like Eden who want to lend a hand. "The people who aid the people who are casting their votes are performing a very, very important civic duty," he says. As an added bones, it can give you a better understanding of how the sometimes complicated voting process works.

Slockett says being an election official is easy. You can call or go to the county auditor's office to sign up. And remember that being an official pays $10 an hour.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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