Finding election inspectors no easy task in Westchester

With Election Day quickly approaching, work is underway to get the polls ready for Tuesday's big vote.

Carole Smith is a veteran election inspector in Yorktown. She is assigned to the polling place at town hall. But election officials in Yorktown and in other communities say finding people like her willing to do the job has become a headache.

Officials say two-income families have cut into the number of people available to work a 16-hour shift at the polls. There are also limits to what some senior citizens can do.

Yorktown Town Clerk Alice Roker is Smith's boss on Election Day. Roker says recruiting poll workers is a year-round job. She says she goes to virtually any organization looking for election inspectors.

Roker has filled all positions for this year's Election Day but says she's not taking it for granted. She says she won't take it easy until November 5, the day after Election Day.

Most communities pay poll workers over $100 dollars for their services on Election Day. In Yorktown they get $175 and places like Yonkers pay up to $240 a day.

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