A shortage of part-time workers could see voters spending more time in polling stations waiting to mark an “X” on their ballots during the Oct. 15 civic election.
That’s if the city’s election office does not fill over 1,200 one-day positions over the next few weeks needed for the day of the election.
Originally, the city made a public call out earlier this month to fill 3,200 positions, but have filled nearly 2,000 positions since them.
However, the remaining shortage still warrants some concern, says Steve Thompson, director of elections for the City of Edmonton.
“Every election we start our recruitment in mid-June, and when we get into the summer, we always think we will be a little bit short, and then realize we’ll be OK,” said Thompson. “After Labour Day we get an influx of people usually, but this year we have found that our applications were well below what it usually is. We haven’t seen this kind of a shortage before.”
Thompson says that if temporary staff positions are not filled before the election, a five-minute wait at the polling station could turn into a 15-minute wait.
Thompson said the positions are perfect for stay-at-home parents, retired people and students looking to make some cash. The positions come with a pay of $115 to $225 for the day.
Those interested in applying are asked to call the city’s election office at 496-8005.