County posts elections assistant vacancy
Applications accepted through Jan. 17
Abbi Overfelt Editor
LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Elections on Monday approved the posting of a job opening that has been vacant since August.
The position of assistant executive director will be advertised on the county’s website and on state job boards starting today, Elections Director Dell Parker said at the board’s monthly meeting.
Left vacant by the death of Jerry Johnson, the position was filled temporarily during last year’s municipal elections by employee Lindsey Villela when Parker told the board that going through the process of hiring and training a new employee would be “a hindrance” during election season.
Qualifications for the position are listed as either a “high school diploma and three years of experience; or graduation from a two-year office or business administration program with two years of related experience; graduation from a four-year college or university, preferably with major emphasis on business administration or a related field; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.”
Pay for the hourly position ranges from $25,044 or $12.04 an hour, to $26,316 or $12.65 per hour.
Job specifications include maintaining equipment, conducting training, performing clerical work and exercising “tact and courtesy” in dealings with candidates, party representatives and the general public. The job will be posted until Jan. 17.
Also at the meeting, board members were given an outline of a presentation made by the state board at a meeting in Durham, which explained how local elections would need to adapt to voting laws that went into effect Jan. 1.
Although a law requiring voter identification does not go into effect until 2016, Scotland County residents should expect, Parker said, to be asked whether or not they have photo identification when casting a ballot. If they do not, she said, they will be asked to sign an affidavit that will be passed on to the county’s Register of Deeds office. This information will be used to estimate the amount of people who will need documentation to present at the local Division of Motor Vehicles office, which is administering free voter identification cards.
Parker said the board at its next meeting would discuss the hours that voting would be open during this year’s early voting period, which was shortened as part of the law.
The board on Monday also agreed to keep its monthly meeting time at 4 p.m.
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