Though the courthouse is still closed to the general public, I was allowed inside on Monday. That's because I'm a very special person - a poll worker. I was really looking forward to a class on pole work and was loaded up with dollar bills. But I was disappointed. Instead of seeing this:
Unfortunately, instead of pole training, the class I attended was poll training. To be specific, it was regarding the epollbook that comes into play on June 2.
Voter Registrar Amy Cozze and her Deputy, Amy Hess, taught us how to use what is essentially a glorified iPad. It seems really easy.
What could possibly go wrong?
Cozze also told me that her office has now processed 30,000 requests for mail-in ballots, and is receiving 800 requests per day.
She added that, after Governor Tom Wolf on May 8 extended the shutdown until June 4, she lost about 30 pollworkers. Many of them are elderly and are reluctant to risk themselves while we are under quarantine. So despite best efforts, we might go into the June 2 primary a little light on manpower.
If you're one of the many people out of work right now, you could work the polls on June 2. If you have questions about it, contact the Northampton County Voter Registration office at (610)829-6260. The only requirement is that you be a registered voter somewhere within the state. The pay is $175 for a poll worker and $200 for a judge. It is a very long day, but is good money if you're unemployed.