PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. (CBS12) — As primary day in Florida wraps up, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, Wendy Sartory Link says could not have done it without the help of their 4,000 poll workers.
“They are really the reason why a voter feels they had a good experience or a bad experience today,” said Sartory Link.
But election workers have been hard to come by, Sartory Link says it is especially hard to find poll workers during an August primary.
“Some of the part-time residents still aren’t back in the state yet,” said Sartory Link.
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The poll worker shortage is made worse by the political climate in recent years.
“I hear from people who say they don’t want to continue because the temperature of the environment or it is a little to volatile, the don’t like the politics,” said Sartory Link.
For the general election officials say they will need even more election workers. The positions are paid, they range in wage from $190 dollars a day to over $350 a day.