ROCHESTER N.Y. (WROC) — The Monroe County Board of Elections is asking registered voters to pitch in on election day — November 3.

“Amid COVID-19, we are facing a shortage of poll workers and locations, so once again we are reaching out to the community for assistance. No experience is necessary, just a desire to help,” officials said in a release.

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Poll workers, or election inspectors, will receive paid training and earn $14 an hour on Election Day. The inspector must be available all day from 5 a.m. through 10 p.m. Responsibilities include:

  • prepare the polling place for voting
  • set up voting equipment
  • sign-in and process voters
  • enforce social distancing
  • demonstrate voting procedures
  • sanitize voting equipment
  • assist voters
  • close the polling place
  • canvass and report election results

“To be eligible, you must be a New York State registered voter. If you are 17 years old, you may be eligible if your school district participates in a program under Education Law Section 3207-a.”

“I think that it’s a chance to give back to the community,” said George Van Arsdale, a Fairport resident who has worked the polls for the last twelve years.

“You know, I just kind of enjoy watching all the people exercising their right to vote,” Van Arsdale added.

For more information or to sign up, contact the Monroe County Board of Elections at 585-753-1550 or click here.