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Shortage of poll workers ahead of busy election year

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -- The city of Wausau is currently experiencing a poll worker shortage. Workers are especially needed this year because of how busy 2020 will be with elections.

"We have five elections this year which is nearly a record," Wausau Finance Director Maryanne Groat said. "There is absolutely a need for poll workers. It takes a lot of people to run elections."

Groat said the number of poll workers needed for each election depends on the size of it.

"For a big election we probably need about 130-140 poll workers," Groat stated. "For a smaller one somewhere between 60-80 depending on the size of the election."

There are six polling locations in Wausau and each of those need to be fully staffed in various positions during elections.

The city is also working on a attracting workers with a little more financial incentive this year.

"We are looking at sizable raises," Groat stated. "Over 20% for our positions. General workers would be paid $8.75 and Chief Supervisors would make $9.75. General poll workers will now earn $10.30 per hour and our chiefs who are the on site supervisor swill earn $12.19 per hour."

The city is also offering part-time staff positions.

For more information on requirements and what to do if you'd like to be a poll workers, you can click here or call 715-261-6500.

Rashad Williams

News 9 Reporter

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