Elections Canada is in need of workers for Lloydminster ahead of the federal vote on October 21.
Regional Media Advisor Marie-France Kenny says the more workers, the easier polling goes during the election. Several rural positions need to be filled outside of the Border City as well, such as Turtleford, Lashburn and Poundmaker.
Any Canadian citizen 16-years-old and up can apply to work for Elections Canada. Those looking to apply can do so through the Elections Canada website.
“We do need poll workers to make sure everybody can vote in a fast way. If we have enough poll workers then it’s easier for people to vote. it doesn’t take as long, there are no long line ups,” says Kenny
Elections Canada is looking for workers close to the riding so long travel isn’t involved. Kenny says paid positions in need of filling include poll clerks, registration and information officers, supervisors and scrutineers. The starting wage is $15 per hour and includes three hours of paid local training.
“It’s fun because you get to meet people, you get to help people during the democratic process, so it’s quite engaging.”
Kenny says there is usually no worry of positions not getting filled. If there is a lack of workers in a remote area, people from other electoral districts could be sent to the polls or they will be combined. She says Elections Canada is aiming towards people looking for work, are retired or have the day off.
“We’re are doing better with advance polls because it is a long weekend but poll day on Monday we understand a lot of people work.”
Around 300,000 people are needed to work polling stations across Canada during the federal election, according to Elections Canada. Advance polls run from October 11 to 14 and election day is on October 21.