UPDATE (4:55 p.m. on May 18, 2022): On Wednesday, the Kanawha County Commission approved an additional payroll totaling $88,000 for poll workers in the 2022 Primary Election. Just the day before, the Commission had already approved $207,000 for Kanawha County poll workers.

The additional payroll is specifically for workers who served in the Early Community Voting Precincts or picked up and delivered voting equipment.

A total of $295,000 has been approved so far for election expenses related to the Primary Election payroll.

The Primary Election, including worker payroll and machine programming costs, is estimated to cost at least $500,000.

State Law says the County Commission must provide a sufficient budget to the County Clerk for election costs. The Commission fully funds election costs and makes sure all expenses are paid.

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — The Kanawha County Commission approved $207,000 for poll worker pay in the 2022 Primary Election.

800 poll workers served during the 2022 Primary Election in Kanawha County. Kent Carper, Kanawha County Commission President, commended poll workers for their service during elections.

“Poll workers spend 16 hours a day at the polls,” Carper said. “It is very tough work. Poll workers deserve our respect and thanks.”

One week after Election Day, when County Clerk’s Office canvassed the Election, County Clerk Vera McCormick was able to process payment for poll workers. McCormick said she is grateful for local poll workers and talked about their work that she said often goes unrecognized.

“I am grateful to my employees who have worked through this Election and who diligently worked to get the Poll Workers paid quickly,” McCormick said. “Our Poll Workers work tirelessly on Election Day and often do not receive the recognition they deserve. I would like to publicly thank them for working through this Election and helping make every vote count.”

Commissioner Ben Salango also expressed thanks to poll workers and discussed the importance of poll workers during elections.

“Elections are very important, and our poll workers play a significant role in making sure they run efficiently,” Salango said. “They deserve to be paid quickly and we always work with the Clerk to make this happen. I would like to thank all of the poll workers for what they do to serve this County.”