Two grants came from federal funds via the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. One for $15,000 was funded through the Help America Vote Act and is intended to help provide physical security for the county’s voting equipment. Another, worth $6,000, was funded through the CARES Act and will be used for the county’s ballot drop boxes and coronavirus protection for poll workers. A $100,000 grant from the University of Southern California Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy will also fund protective equipment purchases, as well as hazard pay for poll workers.
Poll workers are paid a stipend that varies depending on their duties. Every poll worker will get paid 15% more than usual, Sorenson said.
Poll workers are required to wear masks for both early voting and Election Day, and the county is providing plastic gloves for poll workers and hand sanitizer for both poll workers and voters to use.