The Cumberland County Election Commission appointed poll workers for early voting and the Aug. 5 general election and state primary Monday, but more workers are needed in several precincts.

"I think we need it even between the parties," said Commission Lisa Phillips, noting some districts had greater numbers of one party working on election day and during early voting. "We need to go by what the law says."

Sharon York, administrator of elections, said that everyone who worked in the May primary election was asked if they could work during the August election but they had several who would be out of town during that time. She also noted employees of elected officials were no longer eligible to work during elections.

"We did give the list to both the party chairmen to see if they could come up with some workers," York said. "We welcome getting some names."

Calvin Smart, chairman of the commission, told Phillips, "If they can't work a certain week, you can't force them to."

"But we can find someone that can work that week," she responded.

Thomas Henderson moved to approve the poll workers as nominated, supported by Denver Cole. The motion was approved.

Phillips said she noted precincts that needed to be evened out or needed additional workers.

Phillips said, "Maybe we can even it up before time."

Bob Austin said, "Most people will work outside their district if you ask them."

York welcomed those who would be interested in working during the election to contact the office at 484-4919. The commission will met again Aug. 2 at 4 p.m. at which time precinct worker lists could be finalized.

The commission is continuing to look for a new location to hold voting in the Rinnie precinct. Voting takes place at the Rinnie Volunteer Fire Department building, but the building is not air conditioned. The commission had hoped to use a church in the area, but there were conflicts preventing the election site from being moved.

Smart noted the Aug. 5 election falls during the annual 127 Corridor Sale and encouraged those living in affected areas to vote early. Early voting begins Friday at the election commission office.

Hours for early voting are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 16; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19-23; 8 a.m. to noon July 24; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26-30; and 8 a.m. to noon July 31.

The commission also audited 469 new voter registration forms to ensure they were complete. In an effort to save funds, York told the commission the office staff would reuse the paper, using both sides, and then shred the paper. There was a concern the paper, which has confidential personal information, could be compromised. York said she would lock that paper up to protect voters' personal information.

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