Grand Forks County still is looking people to work the Election Day polls.
With 27 voting precincts in the county, government officials need nearly 200 election workers, Grand Forks County Auditor Debbie Nelson said. With the Nov. 6 election quickly approaching, Nelson said they're trying every way they know to recruit election workers.
"There is a need," she said. "We always end up finding enough people, but it is a struggle."
The county needed 30 workers as of Thursday, Nelson said.
"Plus extra people in case those we have drop out," she said. "If we can get more than 30, we want more."
Many people sign up and then drop out, Nelson said. Ten to 15 workers drop out and alert the county, but there also are a number of people who don't show up without notice.
Nelson said she is seeking judges and clerks for the polls.
A clerk checks voters in, checking whatever form of ID they provide to the clerk. A judge gives voters a ballot, which the voter then puts in the machine to be counted.
Nelson trains election workers based on their job before they go to their assigned poll location.
There will be two training sessions, the first of which will be held on Oct. 24.
Those eligible to be election workers must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Grand Forks County and at least 18 years old.
Election workers are paid $10 an hour. They are paid for the training and their time at the polls.
The county has approximately $135,000 in the 2018 budget for election workers in both June and November.
The county will accept election workers right up until Election Day.
"Sometimes we need people on the day of the election," Nelson said. "I have people waiting by their phones on the morning of the election with their lunches packed and ready to go in case we call."
To sign up to work the polls, call Grand Forks County at (701) 780-8200.