Tuesday, on National Poll Worker Recruitment Day, Secretary of State Tre Hargett launched a new statewide campaign, “Be an Election Hero. Become a Poll Worker,” to encourage Tennesseans to serve their community as poll workers for the 2022 election cycle.
“We cannot run elections in Tennessee without poll workers. They are the most fundamental piece of the process,” said Hargett. “That is why we are encouraging Tennesseans, especially young adults, to step up to serve their community as poll workers and be the next generation of election heroes for our great state.”
During early voting and on Election Day, poll workers help polling sites in their community run smoothly by conducting various tasks, including greeting voters, answering questions, explaining how to cast a ballot, and counting votes.
Poll workers are paid for working during early voting and on Election Day, as well as for attending required training sessions.
Most Tennesseans are eligible to work as poll workers, regardless of political affiliation.
Poll worker qualifications
•Be at least 16 years old
•Be a registered voter in the county if 18 or older
•Be able to read and write in English
•Not be a candidate or close relative of a candidate
•Not be supervised by a county or municipal elected worker on the ballot
Government employees who can serve as poll workers
•All city, county and metro employees (unless working directly under the supervision of an elected worker on the ballot)
•State of Tennessee employees
•Federal employees – consult your Human Resources Department to ensure eligibility