Onondaga County looking for election inspectors

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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Onondaga County Board of Elections is looking for people to serve as election inspectors.

“No election can be held without election inspectors; they are the front line in protecting and preserving free and fair elections,” the Board of Elections shared in a press release.

New York State Election Law requires that a bipartisan team of four inspectors, two Republicans and two Democrats, staff every polling place.

The Board needs people to serve as permanent inspectors, as well substitutes for when personal emergencies prevent an inspector from going to their assigned polling station.

To qualify to be an election inspector, a person must be a registered voter and be able to serve anywhere in the county. An election inspector must be available to work 5 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on General Election Day.

Starting pay for the General Election will be set at $215 and paid by the county.

Election Inspectors are required to take a three hour training course. This year’s will be held for returning and new inspectors from Thursday, September 30 to Tuesday, October 5.

Inspectors are paid for their attendance at training sessions in addition to the pay they receive for working on Election Day.

Anyone interested in serving as an Election Inspector or in learning more about the job should contact the Inspector Department of the Board of Elections at (315) 435-3331 or onvote.net.

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