Election Judges Needed
TO ALL PHELPS COUNTY EMPLOYERS:
Successful elections have often been due to a veritable army of retirees serving competently and efficiently as judges. How things have changed. Since many of our judges are concerned about the SARS-CoV-2 viral strain circulating, the upcoming November 3, 2020 General Election is going to depend on engaging a wider population. I personally feel in-person voting is to be encouraged. But the demands for in-person voting in our current circumstances, at 19 polling places, are going to require us to pull from a broader swath of the population.
It has taken me by surprise to hear, on occasion, that employed people are afraid that their employer would sanction them if they worked as an election judge. Perhaps it would be a very good thing, if employed people were more active in elections! So, with that in mind, I would like all employers in the county to appreciate that Missouri statute (RSMo 115.102) prohibits an employer from terminating, disciplining, threatening or taking adverse actions against an employee based on the employee’s service as an election judge. The law further states that the employee who is appointed may be absent on election day for the period of time that the election authority requires; it should be noted that employees must notify employers at least seven days prior to an election that they will be absent from work on election day to serve as an election judge. Employees discharged in violation of the law may bring civil action against their employer.
Please, if you are an employer, consider whether you may have employees who would serve ably as election judges. We pay a stipend of between $120 and $150 for the full day, in addition to a small stipend for the statutorily required training. We also reimburse for mileage to and from training and the polls.
If you have employees who are interested—or if you yourself are interested—please contact our office at 573-458-6115.
Pamela K. Grow
Phelps County Clerk