JEFFERSON — The Ohio Supreme Court is encouraging lawyers to volunteer to work on election day.
The Supreme Court announced last week that lawyers would receive four hours of continuing legal education credit for volunteering as a poll worker on Election Day this November, according to a decision issued by the Supreme Court on July 23. Lawyers in Ohio need to complete 24 hours of continuing education every two years, according to the Supreme Court.
Secretary of State Frank LaRose, whose office oversees elections in Ohio, praised the move in a statement.
“Safe and accessible in-person voting is essential, and that requires large numbers of dedicated poll workers who will deliver accurate, accessible, secure, elections for their fellow Ohioans,” LaRose said. “The smart, hard-working, patriotic men and women who practice law in our state are ideally suited for this crucial public service.”
Elections in the State of Ohio generally need around 35,000 poll workers, said Maggie Sheehan, press secretary for the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office.
Ashtabula County needs 416 poll workers, said Charlie Frye, director of the Ashtabula County Board of Elections. Additionally, there are seven workers to travel between polling places, making sure that there are adequate supplies at each location and performing tech support. The Board of Elections is also considering adding an additional worker at each poll site to sanitize high touch surfaces, Frye said.
The board sent a questionnaire to its poll workers and the response has been good, Frye said. Poll workers process voters and give them their ballots, he said.
The Board of Elections is currently preparing for the November election, Frye said.