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Maricopa County poll workers undergo hands-on training for general election

Posted at 5:44 PM, Oct 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 17:27:27-04

More than a thousand poll workers in Maricopa County have already taken part in hands-on training ahead of Tuesday’s general election. 

Poll site leaders, referred to as inspectors and judges, will complete a 2-hour training session by Saturday, according to the county recorder’s office. In total, around 4,000 workers are being hired for the election. 

“We’ve got to have an efficient, hardworking and responsive crew that can get to those problems as quickly as possible,” Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes told ABC15 earlier this week. Fontes said compared to the primary; there will be twice as many “troubleshooter” workers.

“We’re all concerned with making sure our voters get the best experience they can,” he said. 

During the primary, 62 polling sites opened late due to issues with the computerized check-in system. The county hired a contractor to set up the machines after rolling out a new system. This time, given the issues, poll workers are being trained on how to set up those check-in and voting machines. 

Maricopa County will also be tracking wait times at polling locations in real time. Select voters will be given a card with a QR code that is scanned when they arrive in line. If problems arise, Fontes said the county is prepared to divert or send additional resources to any voting site.