St. Louis, St. Louis County get big election grants from national nonprofit | Politics

Christel Deskins

Eric Fey, Democratic elections director in the county, said plans call for some of the county grant to cover $100 hazard pay for Election Day poll workers in addition to regular pay of $150 to $200. He said the grant also would help cover mailing the large number of absentee […]

Eric Fey, Democratic elections director in the county, said plans call for some of the county grant to cover $100 hazard pay for Election Day poll workers in addition to regular pay of $150 to $200.

He said the grant also would help cover mailing the large number of absentee ballots requested this year, the hiring of twice as many temporary pre-election employees as usual and an additional telephone call center to help handle a surge in inquiries.

“It is for things that we’re not budgeted for,” Fey said. Without the grant, he said, the board would need additional money from the county.

Gary Stoff, St. Louis’ Republican elections director, said among items to be covered by its grant are the purchase of more computer pads to sign in voters more quickly at the polls and the hiring of 20 to 30 additional temporary workers.

Buying more laptops and a new copying and folding machine and additional postage and printing costs also will be handled, Stoff said.

Thor Hearne, a Clayton lawyer and former Republican Congressional nominee here, is the attorney for the plaintiffs in the Michigan lawsuit.

Hearne said he also had concerns about the Missouri grants and that it’s possible a suit might be filed here as well.

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