Precinct workers needed for upcoming election
All indications show that the Tuesday, June 26, state primary election is going to have a huge turnout, and election board officials are preparing for it.
Statewide, more than 500 candidates have filed for office, indicating great interest. A ballot question to legalize medical marijuana has sparked voter interest, as well.
Amy Sims, Comanche County Election Board secretary, reports that the total registration as of Monday grew 1,592 over Dec. 31. Current totals are: Democrats, 22,191; Republicans, 20,447; Libertarians, 168; and independents, 9,882. The Dec. 31 totals were: Dems, 21,907; GOP, 20,033; Libertarian, 132; and independents, 9,324.
One challenge in Comanche County is the need, officials say, for more precinct workers to assist at the polling places on election day.
Because laws changed in 2017, and in order to try to speed voting along, the election board plans a second site for early in-person absentee voting June 21-23 at Connection Church in Elgin. As always, the first and original early in-person absentee site is at the Comanche County Courthouse in Lawton and will also be open.
All eligible Comanche County voters can cast in-person absentee ballots at either in-person absentee site from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the Thursday and Friday preceding the election, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
In order to accommodate voters, the election board needs 48 new people to be provisional voting officials and precinct officials at some of the larger precincts where voter turnout is expected to be continuous throughout the day. That makes sense.
This is not a volunteer job. The workers, who preside in an air conditioned polling place, will be paid $87 per day, plus mileage if extensive travel is required. Yes, it is a long day. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In order to serve our democracy, voting is part of who we are, and assistance is needed from the citizenry.
Training is required and election board officials are ready to provide it. If you are interested or have questions, call 580-353-1880.
Also, if you need a replacement voter registration card, stop by the election board and get one. It can make voting go faster.
— The Lawton Constitution