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Secretary of State’s office encourages Hoosiers to serve as poll workers

Poll workers await voters to check in to cast early ballots May 26, 2020, at the City-County Building. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Wednesday is National Poll Worker Recruitment Day.

In recognition of the national observance, Indiana Secretary of State Diego Morales asks Hoosiers to consider serving as an election poll worker. Indiana would need as many as 20,000 poll workers to administer efficient, trustworthy elections, according to a news release.

National Poll Worker Recruitment Day addresses the in-demand need for poll workers and inspires greater civic engagement.

There are only two requirements for becoming a poll worker:

  • You must be a registered voter and a resident of the county in which you wish to work
  • You must be at least 18 years old (or 16/17 if participating in Hoosier Hall Pass)

Poll workers earn up to $150 for their service, depending on the county.

A poll worker’s tasks include setting up and preparing the polling location, welcoming voters, verifying voter registrations, and issuing ballots.

Anyone interested in signing up should contact their local election office.