OREGON COUNTY -- Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley has announced that election judge training is set for Oct. 18, 19 and 21 in the conference room in the basement of the courthouse at Alton. He said starting this year the training of the poll workers will be done statewide in conjunction with the federal Help America Vote Act that became law in October 2002. Chief election officials will have until 2006 to implement the HAVA law.
Hensley said there are four election judges, two Republicans and two Democrats, at each of the 16 precincts in the county, plus several substitutes. He said approximately 80 people, or all those who received verification letters, will be expected to attend the training. The training will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. each of the three nights.
"The training will involve all procedures of an election from start to finish. We will begin when they take the oath as an election judge to when the polls close and they bring their ballots to the county clerk's office," the county clerk said.
In the past the judges received training the Monday before the election on Tuesday, Hensley said.
"We just want to make sure all are judges are doing the same thing," Hensley said.
The county clerk said the Republican and Democratic committees in the county recommend a list of names to his office and he selects the the judges. He also said he will be holding training session for new judges in the future.