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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 7, 2017 02:57 PM
From: Representative Jason Dawkins
To: All House members
Subject: Minimum Pay for District Election Officers (Former HB 487)
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce House Bill 487 of the 2015-16 legislative session, which would create minimum salaries for Pennsylvania’s district election officers.

Specifically, the bill would amend the Pennsylvania Election Code to provide a minimum hourly wage of $15 to $17 for poll workers, depending on the position, if the current method of calculating pay would be less.

Election officers are dedicated individuals who often work from the time polls open at 7 a.m. until the time they close at 8 p.m. or later. For those working a 13-hour day at the minimum daily pay rate for election officers, the hourly wage is as little as $5.38 per hour, well below the state’s minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. With many counties struggling to staff their polling places, the low pay and long hours can be a deterrence for many qualified people to serve in these important roles.

Please join me in showing appreciation for our election officers by offering reasonable compensation for their work ensuring fair elections throughout Pennsylvania.

Introduced as HB1168