The Morris County Board of Elections reminds all poll workers that time is running out for them to take certification training if they want to continue to work at election sites. The deadline, according to Tony Desimone, the county's poll worker training coordinator, is June 5.
Title 19 of New Jersey election law requires that all poll workers take an election training class every two years to become or remain a certified board worker, Desimone said. Desimone said even veteran poll workers must take a training class because of some procedural changes that have been made in an attempt to streamline and update the election process. About 800 of the county's approximately 2,000 poll works have yet to take the certification training class, Desimone said.
"It's the law. This training is mandatory," Desimone said. "All board workers who have not attended a class in the past two years and all new board workers must attend one of these classes."
Desimone noted that under the new law, if poll workers go to work at the polls this year without having attended a class, they will only receive $50 for the day instead of $200. The Morris County Board of Elections has been running two-hour, hands-on training classes since April at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Ave., in Parsippany, and Desimone said only a few classes remain. They are May 18, May 25 and June 1 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; June 4 at 7 p.m.; and June 5 at 10 a.m.
Registration for a class is required, and may be accomplished online at www.morriselections.org/poll-classes.asp. Desimone said poll workers may also contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 973-285-8350.