WAYNE, NJ - “We’re short on poll workers in Wayne Township, and all across Passaic County,” said Wayne Township Clerk, Paul Margiotta.
Election day is Tuesday, November 5 and unless there are enough poll workers it’s a possibility that there will be delays at each polling site, making things difficult for our busy residents.
There are forty-one polling places throughout Wayne. “Ideally we want four people at each polling site, but two is a minimum,” said Margiotta. “Even with two it’s a problem, because with a break for dinner, that means the site is run by one person, which logistically is difficult.”
Poll workers earn $200 for the day, but the day starts early and ends late. “It’s a fifteen-hour day with a one-hour break, but most don’t do this just for the pay. “Some people look at it as their civic responsibility and some people just enjoy it,” said Margiotta. “They enjoy getting out there and talking to people and being part of the democratic process.
Responsibilities include: setting up and closing the polling site; helping to direct voters through the voting process; verifying voter’s names and addresses; and activating the voting machine for each voter.
“Civic-minded residents are needed to come forward and help us conduct a seamless election,” said Margiotta. “You do the training once every two years, so you can be a poll worker for two years without additional training.”
The rate of pay is $200 for the full day (5:15 am to 8:15 pm, with a one-hour break).
The mandatory requirements are:
*Be registered to vote in Passaic County
*Speak, read and write the English language
*Attend a training class
If you are interested, please email email@example.com for an application