SCHENECTADY COUNTY – The county Board of Elections is in need of registered voters to serve as poll workers for the general election on Nov. 2.
Poll workers are responsible for signing in voters, directing them to their polling place, and assisting voters that may need help voting and documenting information on appropriate forms.
Bilingual individuals, speaking fluent English and Spanish, are needed and encouraged to apply.
“We greatly appreciate any Schenectady County resident willing to serve their community in this role,” Board of Elections Commissioners Amy Hild and Darlene Harris said in a joint statement.
“Poll workers play a key part in the election process and help to ensure ballots are handled in the proper manner and that all voters have a great experience at the polls,” the commissioners said.
Poll workers can earn $210 for working 5 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Election Day, and $35 for training.
A poll worker must be at least 18 years old, a registered voter in Schenectady County, and proficient in English.
Asked why there’s a particular need this year, the Board of Elections said in a statement:
“In Presidential years, interest is usually increased. Last year interest was increased and we had lots of voters call and sign up to be poll workers and state that they wanted to help protect older poll workers from COVID.
“Unfortunately, some are not available this year and some have not returned because of COVID and/or other health reasons. While we always have a need for poll workers and continuously recruit, this year we have less poll worker interest than usual.”
For more information, call (518) 377-2469 or email [email protected].