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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: April 15, 2015 01:32 PM
From: Representative Angel Cruz
To: All House members
Subject: Increase Election Officer Salaries in Cities of the First Class
In the future, I intend to introduce legislation that would change the salaries of election officers in counties of the first class to an hourly wage range of $15 to $17, depending on the position of the worker, or the current per diem rate, whichever is higher.

Many election officers work for the entire duration of the voting period, from the opening of polls at 7 a.m. to at least the closing of polls at 8 p.m. This equals at least a thirteen-hour workday. Depending on the amount of compensation an election officer receives under current law, he or she may be paid an hourly wage that is below the current minimum wage. My legislation would provide election officers in counties of the first class with reasonable compensation for the critical work they perform.

Philadelphia has a difficult time staffing polling places on Election Day because people are reluctant to run for Election Officer positions. This is a serious threat to our democratic process. It is my hope that fair compensation will provide better incentive for citizens of the Commonwealth to become election officers.

Serving as an election worker is one of the most important duties in our democracy, and I believe every election worker should be paid a fair wage which reflects the importance of the vital work they do.

I ask that you join me by co-sponsoring this legislation. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my Harrisburg office at 717-705-1925

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Introduced as HB1216