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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Poll workers needed

Gwinnett officials are looking for some help for Election Day.

The county is still in need of poll workers, who could earn $110 to $250 a day, albeit a very long day. Officials must report to their polls by 6 a.m. and work for about 14 hours.

"We have a busy elections season ahead of us and with more than 150 polling locations in Gwinnett, it will take several thousand poll officials to staff an election," said Elections Supervisor Lynn Ledford.

To qualify, applicants must be a U.S. citizen and resident of Gwinnett, or a Gwinnett government employee, be at least 16 years old and not holding or running for public office.

The pay includes a required training session, and applicants must have access to a computer to complete online training.

Applications are available at www.gwinnettcountyjobs.com. For more information, visit www.gwinnettelections.com.

Early voting info

Ledford had a few more election updates this week, with the July 31 primary around the corner.

This Saturday is the only weekend day when people can cast ballots, other than by mail.

Registered voters can come to the elections office at 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200 in Lawrenceville between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.

Then, beginning Monday through Friday, voters can venture either to the Lawrenceville office or four satellite locations to vote from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Those locations include the Centerville Community Center in Snellville, George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center in Suwanee, Dacula Park Activity Building in Dacula and Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center in Norcross.

Special election update

Finally, commissioners set a qualifying period and fee for the upcoming District 1 special election.

While Jace Brooks and Laurie McClain are set to square off in the primary for the term beginning in January, a special election was set for November after Shirley Lasseter resigned following a guilty plea on a federal bribery charge.

To serve for the last two months of 2012, candidates can qualify beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 22 and ending at noon Aug. 24.

The qualifying fee of $894 is the same as the full term.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post. Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Comments

Cleanupguy 1 year, 9 months ago

Everyone should experience being a poll worker. My wife and I have been poll managers, but eventually gave it up. Between the ever higher mountain of rules and dwindling numbers of increasingly clueless voters we stepped aside. We learned a lot and don't regret it in any case.

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Dubbin 1 year, 9 months ago

Gwinnett Voter before the election: These guys are all crooks - we should throw them out. Gwinnett Voter at the voting machine: I guess I'll just vote for the same old bumbling redneck I've always voted for because they go to my church and they've lived in Gwinnett for 8 generations. Gwinnett Voter after the election: Why do these same guys keep getting elected?

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kevin 1 year, 9 months ago

I have been saying the same for years. If you don't want Georgia to become like Illinois, ,mostly Chicago, then never re-elect anyone and the government will be back in the hands of the people. Otherwise, stop complaining about all the problems in Georgia. YOU THE PEOPLE voted them in. Look yourselves in the mirror and laugh at how stupid you vote.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 9 months ago

A hearty amen to the above. Remember that "we" re-elected both Kenerly and Bannister, when the defects in the cloth they were cut from had long been made Ray Charles clear. Only about 60% of those that are eligible have even bothered to register to vote, and lately only in the "teen" pecentages could be troubled to actually show up. Disturbingly many of those come clutching vile campaign mailers, happy that they have "done their research" (sorry - I think I just threw up on myself a bit there). I maintain that voting booths should come equipped with mirrors and photos of the candidates, like the system at McDonalds - voters could pick the ones that look the most like themselves, and have all the same shallow failings that they appear to admire. Where are all the Bannister, Kenerly, Lasseter, etc. supporters NOW? Pretty easy for the non-voters and the clueless to gripe after the fact.

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Karl 1 year, 9 months ago

Lassiter was not my district, but who among those that voted for her could have possibly known about her bribery?

You're a good 'Monday morning quarterback' and have a keen ability to grasp the blatantly obvious, after the fact.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 9 months ago

Bribes come in many forms, and Lasseter (the correct spelling) took more than her share in the form of political favors over the years. I happened to be at ground zero on one of those, so I was more on the field than watching the play. I can safely assume that you never even saw the game.

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