January 25 is National Poll Worker Recruitment Day
Montgomery County has partnered with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to kick off recruitment efforts for poll workers in our community. Established in 2020 by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, National Poll Worker Recruitment Day is a day of action with the goal of encouraging potential poll workers to sign up to Help America Vote.
By encouraging more people to become poll workers in their communities, National Poll Worker Recruitment Day aims to address the critical shortage of poll workers, strengthen our democracy, inspire greater civic engagement and volunteerism, and help ensure free and fair elections in November and beyond.
Most election workers have traditionally been over the age of 61, making them especially vulnerable to complications if they contract COVID-19. This has resulted in a critical need for election workers who are willing and able to assist with the administration of in-person voting on and before Election Day.
Election workers are critical to the success of an election. Having an adequate number of election workers to staff polling places on and before Election Day can ensure voters receive the assistance they need at the polls and can help provide a positive and smooth voting experience for all.
Election workers are the face of the election office during voting. Most poll sites task election workers with setting up and preparing the polling location, welcoming voters, verifying voter registrations, and issuing ballots. Election workers also help ensure voters understand the voting process by demonstrating how to use voting equipment and explaining voting procedures. For more specific information and compensation visit the Montgomery County Board of Elections web site or by calling at 518-853-8180. If you miss the January 25th date, not to worry you can still apply anytime.
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