Alachua County Supervisor of Elections held poll worker orientation

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. Heading to the polls is important and an orientation at the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections this morning explained why being a poll worker is important as well.

There are 63 polling places in Alachua County and for each of those places they need 7 to 8 people working there.

This year they'll be adding a new position called the EViD operator.

EViD is an acronym for ‘Electronic Voter Identification' and the device will check voters in faster and make sure voters are not voting in two locations.

The Director of Outreach, TJ Pyche, believes poll workers are essential during the elections.

“They’re really the safe guard on election day to make sure that everything is done in a proper way and everybody’s ballot is counted because our offices goal is to make sure that every voter in Alachua County who is eligible to vote is voting and poll workers are crucial to making sure that happens,” Pyche said.

A woman who was born and raised in Gainesville attended the orientation to learn more on what it takes to be a poll worker.

“I didn’t know the need was so great in Alachua County for poll workers. It’s also lucrative for the younger ones who want to make some money before Christmas so I’m definitely going to go back and spread the word,” Alachua County poll orientation attendee Sabrina Williams said.

The primary elections will be held on August 28th and the general elections will be held on November 6th.

Alachua County Supervisor of Elections has a flexible schedule to train anyone who is interested in becoming a poll worker.

You can stop by their operating hours which is Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for training or call 352-374-5252.