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State officials encourage Pennsylvanians to serve as poll workers ahead of November election

By: - August 16, 2022 4:06 pm

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As part of a national effort to recruit poll workers for the November general election, state officials are encouraging eligible Pennsylvanians to serve as poll workers on Election Day. 

“It takes thousands of poll workers staffing the more than 9,000 voting locations to make safe and secure elections happen in the commonwealth,” acting Pennsylvania Secretary of State Leigh Chapman said on Tuesday. “Poll workers are your friends, family members and neighbors, and they come from all walks of life to make democracy a reality.”

In Pennsylvania, poll workers are paid for their time working on Election Day and counties provide the training necessary for the poll workers to perform their duties. 

To be eligible to serve as a poll worker, you must: 

  • Be registered to vote in the county where you wish to work. (Exceptions exist for 17-year-old high school students, who must meet additional requirements.)
  • Not be a government official, government employee, or candidate for office on the ballot. Exceptions exist for district judges, notaries public, and members of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

“Elections in the commonwealth would be impossible without the thousands of selfless poll workers,” Chapman said. “I urge any eligible Pennsylvanian who wants to get involved in their community to become a poll worker.”

Pennsylvanians who are interested in becoming poll workers should fill out the interest form on the Department of State website.

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.