Election Officials Find Difficulty Recruiting Elderly Poll Workers

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The number of aging poll workers is raising concerns in Northwest Arkansas. 

With more people working later in life, it’s harder for counties to recruit poll workers who tend to be in the retirement age range.

Poll workers are paid for their hours spent working on election day, but that incentive is not driving volunteer numbers up.  

Washington County Election Coordinator Jennifer Price said a couple of years from now it’s likely election commissions will be hurting for volunteers.

“One thing we are looking at and trying to get movement on is allowing high school students to actually work as poll workers,” Price said.

During last year’s general election, 166 poll workers in Washington County were 71 years old and older, and 122 were between 61 and 70 years old.

If you’d like to volunteer as a poll worker, contact your county’s election office. 

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