NY recruiting poll workers ahead of 2020 election

Updated: September 01, 2020 09:20 PM
Created: August 31, 2020 11:08 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York election officials are warning of a critical shortage of poll workers and they're hoping to recruit more people.

State officials say about 55% of the 85,000 poll workers who are usually hired for a general election in New York are over the age of 60, the group considered to be the most vulnerable to COVID-19 complications.


Thousands have decided not to return to the job.

Democratic Election Commissioner Jackie Ortiz released the following statement Tuesday:

“Since the amount of poll workers are dependent upon the number of poll sites it is difficult to say exactly how many we will need but we are certain we will need more than what has currently signed up. We are currently working diligently on confirming poll sites but we do not want to get behind with poll workers and are forging ahead. We must ensure a strong number of prepared workers considering today’s environment and concerns that may drive some of our previous workers from participating. Any registered Democrat and or a Republican can call 585-753-1550 to sign up.”

The state has set up a web portal to recruit workers for polling sites.

If you're interested in becoming a poll worker, click here.

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