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By Marlana Smith
The Shelby County Clerk’s Office is facing difficulties finding election judges.
County Clerk Stephanie Bender said, polling places will have to consolidate if more election judges are not found. The combining would go more with the school districts if possible.
“I want to try and keep from doing that, so it’s more convenient for the voters,” said Bender.
Right now, the average age of an election judge is 60 to 80 years old.
Bender said, “This is an opportunity for our younger people to get more involved with the election.”
Supervisor judges receive $105, and the other judges make $100 a day. There are three elections this year. Training is provided a week prior to the election. Individuals who have a family member running in the election, would not be able to be a judge.
Judges can work a full or half a day. Bender said she isn’t opposed to splitting up the days either.
Bender admitted the day is long, but it’s a great way to serve the community.
You must be at least 18 years old. The county must have bipartisan election judges. They will need to know what party you identify with. Those interested can contact the County Clerk’s office at 573-633-2181.