Workers needed for election day

Mountain State residents know how very much is at stake in November’s general election. It is essential we have confidence those elections are secure and conducted in safe, well-run polling places.

That is why West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner is hoping more will answer the call to become poll workers.

Tuesday was National Poll Worker Recruitment Day — a day of action “meant to assist poll worker recruitment efforts in communities across the country,” according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Warner is urging West Virginians to get involved and help the Nov. 8 general election run smoothly.

“The state of West Virginia is pleased to join the EAC in asking interested individuals to consider becoming a poll worker,” Warner said. “Trained poll workers are an important part of the election process. In West Virginia, poll workers are paid for their service as well as for training.”

If you have voted in the same polling place for many years, you may have noticed the number of poll workers has decreased a bit, as some of the reliable regulars get a bit older, and not enough new volunteers pick up the slack.

But what those men and women do for our elections is essential.

Now is the time for a new batch of poll workers to step up and keep getting the job done.

West Virginians who are properly registered to vote, can read and write in English and are able to attend a poll worker training program for which they will be paid should consider signing up.

Don’t give in to the idea that you are not needed. More than 8,500 poll workers are required for Election Day.

If you are looking for a way to serve your community and state, and free, fair elections are important to you, go to GoVoteWV.com and look into becoming a poll worker.

Your assistance is sorely needed.


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