Vote board gets set for election day

LISBON – The Columbiana County Board of Elections met Thursday to continue preparations for the Nov. 5 general election.

The board has already ordered ballots to be ready for when early voting begins Oct. 1, and the board voted at the meeting to hire poll workers for the election. Director Adam Booth said they still have some vacant spots to fill before the election, “but we’re in pretty good shape.”

Each of the county’s 89 precincts are staffed by four poll workers – two Democrats and two Republicans – with three of the poll workers being paid $101.50. A fourth poll worker serves as the presiding judge, and they are paid $120.

“I’m always amazed that we’re able to attract as many as we do, with what we pay and the long hours,” said board member David Johnson.

The poll workers’ day begins before the precincts opens at 6:30 a.m. and after it closes more than 13 hours later at 7:30 p.m.

The board then voted to establish early-voting hours at the board office, which will be during regular work hours – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday – Oct. 1 through Friday Nov. 1.

Booth also reported the board will remain open until 7 p.m. Oct. 7, which is the last day to register to vote in the election.