Law changes for poll workers announced by County

The Mercer County Clerk’s office issued an announcement pertaining to state law changes for poll workers, including a compensation increase.

Election workers play a critical role in ensuring that New Jersey residents can exercise their right to vote. Earlier this year, Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a bill that increases the compensation of election workers from $200 per day to $300 per day. In July, the governor signed legislation amending an existing law to allow minors between the ages of 16 and 18 to work a full day at the polls on election days. The upcoming general election is set for Nov. 8, 2022. 

“With the ever-increasing use of technology in elections, the pay increase and the increase of younger workers will allow additional qualified workers to assist us in the election process and we will all benefit from this assistance,” said Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello.

To work at the polls, applicants must be registered to vote in Mercer County and may not be a candidate in the current election. Full-day and half-day positions are available for working at the polls. However, anyone wishing to be a poll worker, who meets the criteria, should fill out an online application and attend a mandatory training session with the Mercer County Board of Elections.

Additionally, poll workers are needed to work at the Early Voting locations before Election Day from Oct. 29 to Nov. 6. Early Voting hours will be Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To apply, please contact the Mercer County Board of Elections at 609-989-6522 or by email at  BoardofElections@mercercounty.org. Applications can be found here: https://www.mercercounty.org/boards-commissions/board-of-elections/board-worker-application. To reach the Mercer County Clerk’s Office, please call 609-989-6465.

To register to vote or to apply for a vote-by-mail application, you may visit the Mercer County Clerk’s website at County Clerk | Mercer County, NJ or the State Division of Elections website (for information in additional languages) at vote.nj.gov

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