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Alabama needs more poll workers for the Nov. 3 general election

Find out how you can volunteer to be a poll worker (students welcome!)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Poll workers wanted!

In order to see that all 1,980 polling places in the State of Alabama have adequate staff and supplies for the November 3 General Election, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has launched a webpage to assist counties in their poll worker recruitment.

Requirements to become a poll worker include:

  • Must be a registered voter in the State of Alabama.
  • Must be registered to vote at the precinct in which they desire to act as a poll worker.
  • Must attend a mandatory poll worker training. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
  • Cannot be a member of a candidate’s immediate family or the second degree of kinship, and cannot be a member of a candidate’s political committee.

Secretary Merrill said, “As we prepare for the General Election amid the coronavirus pandemic, it is imperative to the elections process that Alabamians step up to become poll workers. Poll workers are paid election officials who work to protect the rights of each and every eligible voter in our state."

The application to become a poll worker can be found here and should be returned to your local county Probate Office upon completion.

Alabamians 16 years of age or older who are enrolled in high school or college can become a student poll worker intern by contacting their local Probate Judge. The student poll worker intern application can be found here.

Alabama voters have the option to vote absentee in upcoming elections due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. Find more on absentee voting here.