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Columbus City Council wants to let more employees be poll workers

Two voters fill out ballots during early voting at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak
Associated Press

Columbus City Council will vote Monday to allow the last two remaining unions representing city workers to serve as poll workers on Election Day next month.

City officials adopted the measure after a poll worker shortage during the spring primary elections.

Council members will vote on two measures, one with the Communications Workers of America, local 4502, and one with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Ohio Council 8, Local 1632. It will allow the workers to help staff the polls on election day throughout the city.

“We know that other communities have done similar things across the nation we want to be progressive here in Columbus and let people know that you know we're backing our employees for the opportunity to serve, “ said Columbus City Councilman Emmanuel Remy, who sponsored a poll worker protection act last week.

He said they want to give workers an opportunity to help alleviate the poll worker shortages.

“We certainly encourage people to do so I mean it is a great opportunity and we're making the path easier for employees to contribute to this this cause,” Remy said.

The city has more than 8,000 full-time employees and those who live in Columbus are eligible to work at the polls.

Williams was a reporter for WOSU. Natasha is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and has more than 20 years of television news and radio experience.