ODESSA, Texas (Big 2 / Fox 24) – There are only 43 days left until election day, whether it’s vote by mail or in person polling many here in Permian Basin plan to vote this election day. With election day right around the corner, the Ector County elections office is preparing to safely roll out in person voting. But the county is working to add more poll workers than usual.
“We’re hiring 203 people,” said Amanda Snyder ” Out of those 203 we’re hiring an additional 56 people that will strictly be wiping down the machines after somebody finishes voting.”
But with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, it has caused the county to look for new people.
” For the most part I have a lot of older people that are retired school teachers,” Snyder said. ” And so because of this, a lot of them have chosen not to work.”
Midland County is also having the same issue, Carlyn Graves, Midland County Elections Administrator, said they’re on a search to find new poll workers.
“We also have a lot of new people expressing interest,” Graves said. ” We are using alot of new people that we are very excited about to add to our list.”
While there will be new poll workers at the voting booths in Ector and Midland county, they will have to go through extra training to ensure everyone is safe.
“We’re having more training classes because we’re trying to keep them small so we need to keep them social distanced,” Graves said.
But even though election day will happen during an unusual time, both counties aim to keep our voting system running, while keeping everyone safe.
” That’s what we all want, at the end of the day,” Graves said. ” We want the results to come in a timely fashion, and that everyone walks away.”