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Poll workers needed ahead of November’s General Election

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(WBNG) -- The Broome County Board of Elections is hiring poll workers ahead of November's General Election. Over in Chenango County, elections officials are surprised by their hiring numbers.

Due to the pandemic, voting is going to look a little different this year with added health and safety measures.

"We request and require that everyone wears a mask, we also provide hand sanitizer when you walk in," said Broome County Board of Elections Republican Commissioner Mark Smith.

However, the Broome County BOE is still hiring poll workers to help with those responsibilities. For $11 an hour, you will have to be comfortable with working in a public setting.

"We're looking for anyone who is comfortable working, comfortable being around people, other poll workers, voters," said Smith.

With poll workers taking a slight health risk by managing the polls, many workers who have done it for decades are having to sit out this year's election cycle. However, in Chenango County, that has allowed for some new growth.

"The response I've gotten is that they want to do their patriotic duty, and it's quite surprising. A lot of them think they're volunteering, and we tell them they're being paid, and it's like, 'Oh, that's a nice benefit,'" said Chenango County BOE Democratic Commissioner Carol Franklin.

Ahead of the election, Chenango County has hired 78 new workers for its 21 polling locations. According to officials, many of them are not in vulnerable populations from the pandemic.

"It's a wonderful thing to be involved with on Election Day. It's a long day, but it's a very gratifying day," said Chenango County BOE Republican Commissioner Mary Lou Monahan.

To become a poll worker, you will have to go through training and must test to become certified. To learn more about becoming a poll worker, you can visit Broome County and Chenango County's links. If you are a resident of Tioga County, the Board of Elections is also looking for poll workers. For more information, you can call 607-687-8261 or head over to this link.

Katie Jones

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