Board seeks a few volunteers for elections

Board seeks a few volunteers for elections
March 22
02:00 2018

The Forsyth County Board of Elections (BOE) is accepting applications for precinct officials.

There are only a few openings the BOE is still looking to fill. Those interested in volunteering can apply online. Applicants need to be county residents who are registered to vote, able to read and write and are of “good repute.” They cannot be running for office, be a manager or treasurer for a candidate, currently be an elected official or be an officer of a political party or organization. A precinct official can have served as a delegate at a political party convention. Precinct officials also can’t be relatives of political candidates or of other precinct officials at the same precinct.

Each precinct has a chief judge, who is the head precinct official, along with two judges and some assistants.

There are also Election Staff Assistants (ESA) who follow a truck route on the Monday before Election Day to ensure correct equipment is delivered and to deliver poll books.  ESAs are also responsible for returning election night results to the central office and must be present there at the close of polls on Election Night and have a reliable personal vehicle.

There is a small monetary compensation for precinct officials, with $200 for chief judges, $150 for judges, $120 for assistants, $220 plus mileage for ESAs and $20 for the required training.

Those interested can apply on the Forsyth County BOE site at

The Board of Elections will also be holding an open house, including a tour and demonstration of voting equipment, on March 27 from 5-8 p.m. at its offices in the County Government Center, 201 N. Chestnut St. in Winston-Salem.

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