LEE COUNTY, Fla.- People who worked the general election in Lee County on November 6th are getting a little something extra in their checks. Poll workers received $50 in bonus money for the extra time many of them worked.
In all, 1,500 poll workers are getting the extra cash on top of the $140-$250 they receive to cover their travel and time training.
"I just felt that it was needed. They had to face all those people that were upset for standing so long," Lee County Supervisor of Elections, Sharron Harrington said.
One worker said this election was the most stressful in the six she's worked. Patti Schreiber went to work at 5:30 AM on election day to set up, and didn't leave until 11:15 PM.
"I really believe everybody deserved that $50," Schreiber said.
The bonuses amount to $75,000 Sharon Harrington said come out of her general fund. It's said aside, she said, for temporary personnel.
At least one voter said that money would be better served purchasing equipment.
"You can avoid all these expenses if you have a better system and better machines, more machines," Mario Tsolakis said.
Harrington says she'll continue to press county commissioners who have to approve the puchase of more machines.
"Anything that's left over, we'll certainly be looking at it, but now it just needed to be done," she said.
Harrington expects to meet with Florida's Secretary of State Ken Detzner later this month.
She's hopeful the state will help provide funds for voting equipment.