Consider serving as a poll worker in this year’s elections to ensure elections are safe, fair and efficient for all voters.

CSEA is urging members to work as paid poll workers. Poll workers get paid for each day of training and work.

“As public service workers, we all have a vested interest in protecting our freedoms by making sure we have properly-conducted elections,” said CSEA President Mary E. Sullivan. “With many people who traditionally work the polls being unable to do so this year, I encourage CSEA members to consider stepping up to serve as poll workers to meet the need we have across the state.”

New York is in critical need of poll workers because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many polling site workers are over age 60 and are unwilling or unable to serve due to risk of contracting the virus. This has resulted in a significant need for poll workers who are willing and able to assist with the administration of in-person voting.

In addition to an expected high turnout on Election Day on November 3, poll workers are needed during the Early Voting period between October 24 and November 1.

Duties would include preparing the polling place for voting, setting up voting equipment, signing in and processing voters, assisting voters as needed, enforcing social distancing, closing the polling place and canvassing and reporting the results.

Visit to learn more or apply to be a poll worker.


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