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Ferndale Seeks “Champions of Democracy,” i.e. Election Workers

Ferndale Seeks “Champions of Democracy,” i.e. Election Workersessential

(City of Ferndale Press Release, Sept. 26, 2013)

The City of Ferndale has unveiled the Champions of Democracy program, a collaborative relationship with business and community leaders to recruit election workers with the computer skills necessary for today’s election process.

“In 2005 elections in Ferndale were conducted on the old lever machines. Precinct inspectors checked a voter’s name against a paper list and directed the voter to a booth. Today we have optical scan vote tabulators, electronic voter assist terminals for differently-abled voters, and software and laptops have replaced the paper voter list,” Ferndale City Clerk Cherilynn Brown said. “The traditionally available pool of election workers often doesn’t possess the skill set now needed. There is an urgent need for workers who understand process, are used to multitasking, are comfortable with technology and have intermediate to advanced computer skills.”

Ferndale is reaching out to employers, community groups and educational institutions to encourage their dinos02sidelogo3employees, members, students and faculty to “Take a Day for Democracy.” We need to hire up to 100 technologically savvy and detail oriented workers for every election,” says Brown. Organizations participating in the program will be recognized in the precincts, the City’s website and in social media.

To qualify as an election inspector an applicant must be registered to vote in Michigan, enjoy working with people, have intermediate computer skills, declare a political party preference, and attend a training session.  Ferndale is currently hiring for the November 5, 2013 election for Mayor, City Council and Library Board. The day begins at 6:00 am and concludes around 10:00 pm. Pay is $135, including training. Half day shifts are also available.

Mayor David Coulter praised Ferndale’s spirit of volunteerism. “Our residents, both individual and corporate, are very community-minded and generous in contributing to the success of Ferndale. I applaud this innovative effort by our City Clerk to expand the talent available to support elections in Ferndale.”

Brown can be contacted at 248-546-2384 or cbrown@ferndalemi.gov.

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