Additional Help is Always Needed in Both Rural and Urban Counties
COLUMBUS – With two weeks to go before Election Day, Ohio's Poll Worker Tracker shows Ohio gained more than 2,600 poll workers in the past week, and as of Monday, August 18, 27,371 Ohioans have signed up to serve as a poll worker in the August 2, 2022 Primary/Special Election. The minimum number of poll workers needed statewide is 24,653. Also as of Monday, sixty-six counties have met the minimum number of poll workers needed.
In order to ensure a sufficient number of poll workers is available in case of an emergency, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has set a goal of 28,353 poll workers statewide, or 115% of the minimum. Currently, thirty-five counties have met their goal numbers: Adams, Allen, Athens, Auglaize, Belmont, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Fairfield, Fayette, Gallia, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Hocking, Knox, Logan, Mercer, Morgan, Morrow, Noble, Ottawa, Paulding, Pickaway, Portage, Preble, Putnam, Ross, Shelby, Union, Wayne, Wood, and Wyandot Counties.
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 for poll worker recruitment for the August 2 primary.
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 hope for the future.
In an effort to continue providing voters with unprecedented levels of transparency, Secretary LaRose is providing 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 fall election approaches.
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
Poll Worker Recruitment by the Numbers:
- Goal for Committed and Trained Poll Workers: 28,353
- Minimum Poll Workers Required: 24,653
- Current Number of Committed Poll Workers: 27,371
- Ohio counties are 96.5% of the way to reaching our statewide goal
- 19,353 poll workers have already completed their training
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