The aging population and people’s busy lifestyles have made it increasingly difficult to recruit poll workers in Orange County, California. With the presidential election just days away, the Orange County Registrar of Voters has received a helping hand from Wells Fargo Bank in filling 8,400 poll worker positions. Wells Fargo employees will be allowed to work the polls, with their manager’s permission, and still receive their regular pay in addition to a $95 stipend; $75 for poll worker duties, and $20 for a three-hour training class.
It’s the first partnership between private business and the Orange County registrar, which has been actively soliciting corporate sponsors to provide volunteers. The registrar also expects to fill 2,300 poll worker positions with local high school students, up from 1,400 in previous elections, according to Brett Rowley, community outreach manager.
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“Besides serving the communities where we do business, we know Gen Yers are attracted to companies that demonstrate social responsibility, so we think this adds to our value as an employer,” said Julie Green Rommel, Orange County communications manager for Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo employs 3,000 people in the county.