Goshen. Election workers needed

20 Jul 2020 | 03:11

With the General Election coming up on Nov. 3, the Commissioners at the Orange County Board of Elections are announcing they are currently seeking registered voters who wish to work as Election Inspectors.

Every year, elections in Orange County are made possible by the several hundreds of voters who serve as election workers. These are the people who do the important work of processing voters throughout the Early Voting and Election Day.

“We depend on the election workers to help us conduct fair and secure elections each year,” said Deputy Commissioner Courtney Canfield Greene.

Any registered voter or any seventeen-year-old who pre-registers with the Orange County Board of Elections is eligible.

A seventeen-year-old would be required to pre-register to vote, turn eighteen by the General Election and have their parent or guardian’s written permission to work election day.

“This is an exciting opportunity for a seventeen-year-old to be involved and learn more about the democratic process,” said Commissioner Louise Vandemark.

Inspectors do not need to be registered as a Republican or Democrat but would have to declare for one or the other to work on Election Day.

There is also a need for bilingual speaking workers throughout the Orange County.

Election workers would be assigned to a polling location in their community or in a neighboring area if they were inclined to travel.

“The technology of voting has really changed in recent years with addition of electronic poll books and new voting machines,” Vandemark said.

Election workers are compensated for their training and can earn $250 on Election Day. Training will be available in early fall and will accommodate any schedule.

For more information on how to become an election worker, call the Orange County Board of Elections at (845) 360-6515 for Democratic inquiries and (845) 360-6516 for Republican inquiries or email them: elections@orangecountygov.com.