Georgia election officials say they need over 20,000 residents total to be a poll workers for the upcoming November elections. The average age of poll-workers in Georgia has been over 65 years of age or older and since they are considered high risk amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, they have chosen not to help out due to the amount of people they would have to interact with.
It's not any easy job, 14-hour-plus days, but it does pay and with so many people furloughed and on unemployment, this is a great way to make some money while doing a civic duty.
Poll workers must be at least 16 years old, a resident of the county where they want to work, and able to read, write and speak English.
Anyone can sign up to become a poll worker, but hiring decisions are made by each county’s elections office. The job generally pays $60 to $140 for entry-level poll workers on Election Day, plus a supplement for training. Some counties pay higher wages.
Georgians interested in becoming a poll worker can sign up through the secretary of state’s website at securevotega.com/pollworkerrecruitment. The state then sends voter information to counties.
You can also register through gapollworker.com, thegeorgiayouthpollworkerproject.org and govotega.org/pollworkers.
You can apply directly by contacting you county’s elections office.