The 2016 election cycle is going to be busier than ever as America elects a new President. This means Arizona could see record levels of voter participation. With more than 1,500 polling locations and seven positions needed per location, Secretary of State Michele Reagan is urging Arizonans to become an integral part of the process and join the ranks of those who serve as paid poll workers.
“As we approach the August and November elections it’s possible that more Arizona voters participate in the process than we have seen in a long time,” said Secretary Reagan. “The simple truth is that poll workers are on the front lines of our democracy as they ensure our elections are run efficiently and fairly. Compensation varies, but each county pays their workers for their service.
“With more than 3.3 million registered voters in Arizona, voter turnout could reach 80 percent in the General Election with more than 2 million voters participating. With thousands of polling places scattered in every corner of the state, I would encourage those who would like to have a front row seat on election day to contact their local election officials and find out how they can get involved.”
Do you qualify to be a poll worker?
- Must be at least 16 years old
- Must be a U.S. Citizen
- Must attend required training
- Must be available for either the Primary Election, August 30 and/or the General Election, November 8
- Must be a Registered Voter (Unless participating in a student program)
What are the responsibilities of a poll worker?
- Assisting in setting up and taking down the polling location
- Providing direct help to voters as necessary
- Knowing how to properly operate the voting equipment
- Checking voter ID
- Issuing voters their proper ballot
- Serving all voters promptly and with specific sensitivity to voters with special needs.
“To sign up as a poll worker, or to learn more about qualifications, training, responsibilities and compensation visit www.azsos.gov or sign up: http://bit.ly/24AhNfy.