ELLSWORTH — Tuesday, Jan. 25, was National Poll Worker Recruitment Day, a national day of action established by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to encourage people to “help America vote” by signing up to be a poll worker. In June of 2020, the Maine Town and City Clerks Association and Maine Municipal Association teamed up to build a new election worker recruitment website, maineelectionworkers.org, to encourage people to work at the polls and/or help process absentee ballots.
“Serving your neighbors and community by volunteering or working at the polls is a noble way of giving back and protecting our democracy,” said Secretary of State Shenna Bellows. “Helping Maine’s town and city clerks with election administration is a great way to understand how elections really work and the myriad safeguards that ensure election integrity. Anyone who is at least 16 years old and registered or pre-registered to vote can serve, and everyone should try it at least once.”
Those interested in being election workers should contact their town office or city hall.
Although the work may vary, the following duties are standard at many polling places: check in voters, distribute ballots, monitor the voting machine or ballot box and help tally results at the end of the night.
Some positions are paid and some are volunteer. Poll workers must not be a candidate or a member of a candidate’s immediate family.