Those wishing to vote in the June 8 primaries have less than two weeks to register to do so. The deadline is May 8.

Those who want to work the June 8 primaries and make $120 might want to sign up sooner.

As Charleston County gears up for the election, it is looking to hire about 200 to 300 more poll managers who are trained to process voters, distribute ballots, activate voting machines and provide help to voters as needed.

"We already have between 700 and 800 already signed up for classes," Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Director Marilyn Bowers said. "We'd like to have 1,000 to 1,100."

Those interested in being a poll manager must be a registered voter, although students ages 16 or 17 may apply. They also must attend a three-hour training session and pass a written certification test. These classes will be offered until May 18.

Finally, they must be able to check their political opinions at the door and put in a long day on June 8, from 6:15 a.m. until about 7:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, May 8 is the deadline to register, but those who procrastinate will be able to register at the Charleston County office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day, Bowers said.

To apply

Application forms for a job as a poll manager are available at the Charleston County website: www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/BEVR/D-Vote_PollMgr.htm

For questions, e-mail electionworkers@charlestoncounty.org or call 974-6421.

Those wishing to register should contact their local voter registration office:

Berkeley County: 6 Belt Drive in Moncks Corner, 723-3800, ext. 4056, or 719-4056.

Charleston County: 4367 Headquarters Road in North Charleston, 744-8683.

Dorchester County: 201 Johnston St., Waggoner Building, St. George, 563-0071 or 832-0132.