As part of a federal mandate handed down in December 2016, Gwinnett County must now offer Spanish-language voting materials and assistance. That includes making bilingual poll workers available to assist voters.
Gwinnett County elections director Lynn Ledford told The AJC earlier this year that the goal is to find 350 Spanish-speaking poll workers in all, a number that would provide two such workers at each of the county’s 156 voting precincts as well as about two dozen more to staff the eight locations the county opens during early voting.
Ledford said Monday afternoon, the county still needed 44 bilingual folks to work May 22’s primary elections, and 25 more to cover advance in person voting.
The latter begins April 30 at the Gwinnett elections office in Lawrenceville and expands to seven satellite locations between May 12 and 18.
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Primaries for two county commission seats, two school board seats and several state legislature seats, as well as a handful of local judicial races, will be on the ballot in May. Party primaries for the Georgia governor's race will be included as well.
The general election in November will also see a large number of contests — as well as a possible referendum on transit expansion in the county.
“We’re hoping that it will be a positive experience and the bilingual poll officials will return for the fall elections as well,” Ledford said.
Those interested can visit gwinnettcountyjobs.com for more information and to apply online.
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