Town now hiring workers for fall municipal election

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The Town of Stony Plain is now hiring workers for the 2021 Municipal Election this October.

There are approximately 50-60 paid positions in need of filling open to anyone 18-years-old and older.

“I think it’s just a really exciting way to contribute to your local democracy at the worker level,” said Manager of Legislative Services LaRae Ellis. “It’s a way for members of the community to contribute in an impactful Town-wide project that happens once every four years. If you’re passionate about the community or you just love elections like I do, it’s certainly an opportunity for you to get involved.”

Broadly speaking, these workers will facilitate the election process on election day and during advanced voting opportunities. When registering, applicants are given the opportunity to select one or more of the following roles: ballot clerk, registration clerk, information clerk, and tabulator clerk.

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Compensation is based on a mandatory training session in which all selected workers must attend in preparation for the election. Workers will be paid $50 for training, $150 per advanced voting day, and $260 for election day.

“Elections do require a lot of resources and effort in order for them to go smoothly. To be done in accordance with the legislation, we do need the help and that’s where the community can fill in some of those roles for us and help us out in delivering the project.”

Election workers will commit to working election day on Oct. 18, 2021, from 8:00 AM to approximately 10:00 PM. Opportunities to work at the advanced voting stations will also be available on Oct. 7, 8, 12, 14, and 16. Training sessions are currently available on either Sept. 28, 2021, from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM or Sept. 30, 2021, from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

While not required, Ellis said previous election experience will be considered an asset. Applicants can apply via the Town’s website until May 28, 2021, at 4:30 PM.

Due to the pandemic, Ellis said the Town is closely monitoring directions from the province and any health restrictions it may put in place for Stony Plain’s election period.

“The health and safety of our workers is top of mind and we are working through processes to ensure that we can maintain that as we approach the fall and ultimately the municipal election,” said Ellis.

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