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Arizona looking to hire thousands of poll workers for August, November elections

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PHOENIX — In the wake of recent election problems, Arizona looking to hire thousands of poll workers for upcoming primary and general elections.

According to Arizona Secretary of State Michelle Reagan, 3 million Arizonans are registered to vote in the presidential election. Voter turnout is expected to be as high as 80 percent.

“We’ve got 1,500 polling locations around the state, and we need to fill at least seven positions per polling location,” Reagan said.

Workers will be paid by the day.

The job requires few qualifications, according to Reagan.

“(You need to be) A U.S. citizen, and you need to attend the training in your specific county and you need to be a registered voter, unless you’re participating in a student program,” she said.

Reagan said that poll workers will be doing a variety of jobs on Election Day, from collecting ballots to helping voters properly cast their vote.

Voters waited hours during the March presidential preference election, though it had less to do with the number of poll workers and more to do with amount of polling stations.

In Maricopa County, there were only 60 polling locations. There will be hundreds for both the August and November votes.