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Guest Column: Be on the frontlines of Democracy

No matter the year, Election Day is always among the most important dates on the American calendar. After all, it’s the day we exercise our right to self-govern and take part in one of the cornerstones of our democracy.

Here in Ohio, it takes an army of more than 35,000 workers to staff polling places across the state. With so much help needed, it comes as no surprise that all 88 county boards of elections struggle to find enough people willing to take time out of their schedules and make a day for democracy.

In the coming May primary election, Ohioans will have the opportunity to vote for candidates for United States Congress, statewide offices like governor and attorney general, and local offices and issues that impact our communities.

Just in the past five years, 141 Ohio elections were decided by one vote or tied. These were mayors and council members, as well as issues on school funding and infrastructure development. The outcomes of these races directly impact our neighborhoods and communities and – in cases of a tied vote – they are literally decided by the flip of a coin.

In short, every vote counts and it is with your help that we can ensure every election runs efficiently and smooth.In addition to having a rewarding experience, those who sign up to become poll workers will also be compensated for their time. In Fairfield County, poll workers can make between $131.68 and $165.00 for one training session and their service on Election Day.

Election Day is rapidly approaching, so call (740) 652-7001 to get started today. You can sign up to be a poll worker at

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