Established by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), National Poll Worker Recruitment Day aims to raise awareness about the benefits and importance of poll working and inspire more Americans to volunteer.
“Poll workers are the unsung heroes of the democratic process, and right now we’re facing a critical shortage of these dedicated volunteers,” said EAC Chairman Ben Hovland.
Election workers set up and prepare the polling location, welcome voters, verify voter registrations, and issue ballots. Poll workers also help ensure voters understand the voting process by demonstrating how to use voting equipment and explaining voting procedures. All Election workers receive training and $165 in compensation for their service.
Amid COVID-19, America is facing a critical shortage of poll workers. Most poll workers have traditionally been over the age of 61, making them especially vulnerable to complications if they contract COVID-19. If you are at least 16 years of age, you can sign up to work the election.
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.
Complete an online application to work the polls for Peoria County by visiting www.peoriaelections.org/185/election-judges.