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Pennsylvanians encouraged to serve as poll workers

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar is encouraging all eligible Pennsylvanians to sign up to serve as poll workers in honor of National Poll Worker Recruitment Day.
“Right here in Pennsylvania and nationwide, we are facing a shortage of poll workers due to factors like the COVID-19 pandemic,” Boockvar said. “I urge any Pennsylvanian who wants to get involved in elections to consider becoming a poll worker. You never feel like you are more directly involved in assisting democracy than at a polling place on election day.”
Anyone interested in becoming a poll worker can find more information and fill out an interest form on
In general, poll workers must be 18 years old and registered to vote in the county in which they wish to serve as a poll worker. Exceptions exist for high school students who are at least 17 years old. Poll workers receive training from and are paid by their county. Some counties need multi-lingual poll workers.
For the first time this year, the Department of State’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) is engaging its licensing boards to encourage licensed professionals to serve as poll workers. Additional collaborations with the business community through Business for America and chambers of commerce, as well as numerous Pennsylvania professional sports teams will help to bolster this effort.
For information on voting in Pennsylvania, visit

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