JUNEAU (AP) -- The state's 2,500 election poll workers will get an increase in pay this year.
Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer said the average hourly wage for election workers will go from $7.50 per hour to $9.50 per hour.
Ulmer proposed the raise and the Legislature appropriated $176,000 to cover the increase, which will be in effect for the primary election Aug. 27.
Ulmer said many election workers have been at the job for 10 to 20 years and have seen the pay rate fall behind inflation.
''These are dedicated citizens who have helped the state make a smooth transition from an outdated punch card system to 21st century optical scanning machines,'' she said.
Ulmer encouraged young people to work at the polls this year. She said many of the state's older election workers are retiring.
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