Both Minimum Goal and Reserves Goal Are Met Statewide, Now Working with Boards of Elections to Meet County by County Staffing Needs
COLUMBUS – One week before Election Day, Ohio's Poll Worker Tracker shows Ohio added approximately 1,000 poll workers in the past week, and as of Monday, July 25, 28,356 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 to conduct the election statewide is 24,522. Also as of Monday, seventy-two 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 unforeseen circumstances, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has set a goal of 28,205 poll workers statewide, or 115% above the minimum. Currently, forty-two counties have met their goal numbers: Adams, Allen, Athens, Auglaize, Belmont, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Fairfield, Fayette, Gallia, Guernsey, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Hocking, Holmes, Knox, Logan, Medina, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Noble, Ottawa, Paulding, Pickaway, Portage, Putnam, Richland, Ross, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Union, Washington, Wayne, Wood, and Wyandot Counties.
"Ohio poll worker recruitment remains strong in no small part due to the programs we implemented amid the significant challenges of the 2020 election," said Secretary LaRose. "Facing a pandemic and concerns over health and safety, Ohio launched a number of creative, targeted poll worker recruitment programs that proved incredibly successful, resulting in the most successful election in Ohio history. Today, many of those first-time recruits are continuing to work our elections, and I join our county boards of elections to thank them for their continued service."
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 August 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: 28,205
- Minimum Poll Workers Required: 24,522
- Current Number of Committed Poll Workers: 28,356
- Ohio has exceeded its statewide recruitment goal by 151 poll workers
- 23,721 poll workers have already completed their training
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