The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has gone public with its hunt for that rarest of species: Registered Republicans.
Ohio law decrees that no more than two of the required four officials manning each table at a polling place be of the same political persuasion. But among the county’s registered voters, Democrats outnumber Republicans by a count of more than 4 to 1. The disparity has the board of elections beating the bushes for serviceable staffers — even distributing fliers at campaign events.
Each election requires about 4,300 poll workers to cover 1068 precincts in 471 polling places. According to board of elections spokesman Dennis Anderson, they’ve enlisted 1,164 Republicans for the May 4 primary. They’ll fill in with independents, who — contrary to popular belief — are eligible to work primary polls. “We need a minimum of one Republican at each polling place,” he says.
It’s too late to sign up for May 4, but if you’re a Republican with a vacation day to burn, you can still work the September 7 primary for countywide offices and the November 2 general election. It’s a long day, but the work is easy and it pays almost 200 bucks. Plus, as a Republican, you can expect your pick of locations.