Poll Worker Tracker closing in on goal ahead of Aug. 2 primary

COLUMBUS – With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, Ohio’s Poll Worker Tracker shows Ohio gained more than 2,600 poll workers last week, and as of Monday, 27,371 Ohioans have signed up to serve as poll workers in the Aug. 2 primary/special election.

The minimum number of poll workers needed statewide is 24,653. Also as of Monday, 66 counties have met the minimum number of poll workers needed.

In order to ensure a sufficient number of poll workers is available in case of an emergency, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has set a goal of 28,353 poll workers statewide, or 115% of the minimum. Currently, 35 counties have met their goal numbers: Adams, Allen, Athens, Auglaize, Belmont, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Fairfield, Fayette, Gallia, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Hocking, Knox, Logan, Mercer, Morgan, Morrow, Noble, Ottawa, Paulding, Pickaway, Portage, Preble, Putnam, Ross, Shelby, Union, Wayne, Wood and Wyandot counties.

Ohioans looking to serve as a poll worker may sign up at VoteOhio.gov/DefendDemocracy. Poll workers are financially compensated for their time on Election Day.

The county breakdown can be seen on Ohio’s Poll Worker Tracker. The tracker, which was started in 2020 by Secretary LaRose, continues to give Ohioans, counties and partner organizations clear goals for poll worker recruitment for the Aug. 2 primary.

Each election, thousands of Ohioans dedicate themselves to sustaining the backbone of democracy – our election process. Poll workers help ensure that our elections are fair, and in doing so, maintain the traditions of our past and our hope for the future.

In an effort to continue providing voters with unprecedented levels of transparency, LaRose is providing Ohioans with weekly poll worker updates as reported by the 88 county boards of elections. Sharing the data also allows Ohio counties to be held accountable as the fall election approaches.

Ohio voters statewide will find the following races on their Aug. 2 primary ballot:

∫ Ohio House of Representatives

∫ Ohio Senate

∫ Democrat/Republican State Central Committee

∫ Local issues and measures impacting their communities


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