GOSHEN — Some poll workers in this year’s county election will receive a daily pay increase thanks to a new ordinance.
The Elkhart County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance Monday, March 10, to increase per diem pay for clerks, sheriffs (formerly called judges) and supervisors (formerly called inspectors).
In addition, the title "precinct election officer" will change to "vote center board member."
When proposing the pay increase, Chief Deputy Clerk Christopher Anderson said that incoming poll workers will need to be more computer literate in order to use the new vote centers’ electronic poll books, and they’ll be dealing with larger groups of people.
Even with the approved increase, the county will save around $26,000 per year in election worker wages compared to previous elections, according to Anderson. That’s because the county will now employ 225 workers – nine at each of the county’s 25 vote centers – compared to the 585 workers previously needed to run the 117 voting precincts.
Per day, supervisors will now receive $150 (previously $110), Democratic sheriffs will receive $115 (previously $70), and Republican sheriffs and clerks will receive $110 (previously $65).
Vote center board members will continue to receive an additional $10 for daily food allowance and $10 for each training session they attend.