HENRY COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Election workers are paid a combined payment for attending all required training and working on election day.
The pay rate varies from $150 to $225, depending on the assigned position. Alternate and stand-by positions are paid $50 if they are not called upon to fill a vacancy by election day.
“If you will do the math and know that you get to work at 6:30 in the morning and leave at 7:30 or 8:00 with a thirty-minute lunch break, and you make $80 for doing that, that is not much money,” Henry County Commission Chairman David Money said.
For many years, Henry County has paid $80 for each poll worker and gives an additional $25 if they attend the mandatory training.
In order to reach 100 percent participation, the Henry County Commission voted to raise the training fee to $35.
“I know it’s only $10, but at least it’s a move in the right direction,” Money said. “I wish we could do more, but that’s $800 something out of the county general fund to do that, but I think it’s something that was past due.”
Money said that while there’s a lot for the workers to learn, they are very dedicated to what they do.
“That’s why we try to man a control here at the probate offices so that those questions come to us and the sheriff’s department, so we can take care of any irregularities or problems that they may face,” Money said.
The pay raise will be effective by the Feb. 24 meeting.