City of Calgary needs to hire 3,000 people to carry out Olympic plebiscite

Sep 20 2018, 12:17 am

Looking for some extra cash this November?

The City of Calgary announced that it’s planning to hire roughly 3,000 people for the Olympic bid plebiscite this November.

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Now that is has been made clear that the plebiscite will be going forward following a city council decision earlier this month, the November 13 deadline has the city organizing the necessary workers and resources to carry out the vote.

Applications are open for anyone wanting to apply, and a full list of positions (and approximate pay!) has been made available at the Elections Calgary website.

The Presiding Deputy Returning Officer (PDRO) will be supervising a voting station and will be reimbursed approximately $450. The Assistant Deputy Returning Officier (Assistant PDRO) will be assisting the PDRO and will make roughly $400.

Ballot Clerks will initial ballots, balance ballots, and check if ballots are running low. Pay for this position is estimated at $275. Tabulator Clerks make the same pay, and are responsible for operating the machine that counts the ballots. Must be comfortable with teaching others how to use technology.

The Deputy Returning Officer will confirm that identification has been authorized, explain the statement of eligibility, and take on tasks assigned by the PDRO. This position pays $210.

All workers will go through a training session sometime in November that will take up to an hour for most positions, and up to three hours for senior positions.

Shifts generally run from 7 am to pm on voting day, though senior positions may work longer hours.

Successful applicants will be contacted beginning in October and told what position they will be working and where.

Voting Calgarians will be faced with just one question during the plebiscite: “Are you for or against Calgary hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games?” and two possible answers: “I am for Calgary hosting,” or “I am against Calgary hosting.”

Advance voting will be held November 6 and 7.

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