Additional Help Is Always Needed, but Poll Worker Recruitment is on Track
COLUMBUS – With three weeks to go before the August 2, 2022 Primary/Special Election, Ohio's Poll Worker Tracker shows 24,741 Ohioans have signed up to serve as a poll worker. The minimum number of poll workers needed statewide is 25,764. As of Monday, July 11, fifty-two counties have already met the minimum number of poll workers needed.
In order to ensure an adequate number of poll workers are trained and available in case of unforeseen challenges, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has set a goal of 29,634 poll workers statewide, or 115% of the minimum necessary to execute on August 2. Twenty-eight counties have already met that goal. Those counties are: Adams, Allen, Athens, Auglaize, Belmont, Butler, Clinton, Cuyahoga, Fairfield, Fayette, Gallia, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Hocking, Knox, Logan, Morgan, Morrow, Noble, Ottawa, Pickaway, Portage, Preble, Putnam, Ross, Shelby, and Union Counties.
“Because Ohio elections are administered so efficiently and effectively, most people are entirely unaware of the amount of hard work and months of preparation that go into Election Day,” said Secretary LaRose. “Central to that success are our tens of thousands of battle-tested, civic-minded legions of dedicated poll workers who faithfully and professionally put in the long hours to ensure Ohio’s elections remain a national standard bearer. Despite the fact that Ohio’s primary election is being held at an unusual time of year, poll worker recruitment is strong, and I am confident that we will reach our goal in advance of August.”
Ohioans looking to serve as a poll worker may sign up at VoteOhio.gov/DefendDemocracy. Poll workers are financially compensated for their time on Election Day.
The county breakdown can be seen on Ohio’s Poll Worker Tracker. The tracker, which was started in 2020 by Secretary LaRose, continues to give Ohioans, counties, and partner organizations clear goals and attainment updates for poll worker recruitment for the August 2 primary election.
Each election, thousands of Ohioans dedicate themselves to sustaining the backbone of democracy — our election process. Poll workers help ensure that our elections are fair, and in doing so, maintain the traditions of our past and our hopes for the future.
In an effort to continue providing voters with unprecedented levels of transparency, Secretary LaRose will continue to provide Ohioans with weekly poll worker updates as reported by the 88 county boards of elections. Sharing the data also allows Ohio counties to be held accountable as the August primary approaches.
Recently, in an effort to grow poll worker recruitment, Secretary LaRose instructed Ohio’s boards of elections to consider seventeen-year-olds who have completed their junior year in high school as eligible to serve as poll workers in the August 2 primary. Prior to the guidance issued recently, there was ambiguity as to whether a student was considered a senior upon the immediate conclusion of their junior year or upon entering their senior year in the fall. Yesterday’s guidance provides the boards with an additional option available to meet their poll worker needs. Learn more about the updated Youth at the Booth initiative.
Reminder: Ohio voters statewide will find the following races on their August 2 primary ballot:
- Ohio House of Representatives
- Ohio Senate
- Democrat/Republican State Central Committee
- Local issues and measures impacting their communities
NOTE: Voting locations may have changed from previous elections. Ohioans can confirm their polling location by clicking here.
Poll Worker Recruitment by the Numbers:
- Goal for Committed and Trained Poll Workers: 29,634
- Minimum Poll Workers Required: 25,764
- Current Number of Committed Poll Workers: 24,741
- Ohio counties are 83.5% of the way to reaching our statewide goal
- 14,980 poll workers have already completed their training
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