Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Secretary Watson Proclaims Help America Vote Day

JACKSON — In conjunction with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), Secretary of State Michael Watson proclaims August 16, 2022, as Help America Vote Day in addition to National Poll Worker Recruitment Day. This day of action is meant to assist poll worker recruitment efforts throughout Mississippi and across the nation.

"Poll workers, in addition to circuit clerks and election commissioners, are the unsung heroes of our elections. Their efforts are crucial to providing a positive and smooth experience at the polls," said Secretary Watson. "As we have discovered through our 82-County Tour, it is imperative that we continue to support our local election officials to ensure free and fair elections in Mississippi."

Secretary Watson is over halfway through his 82-County Tour in which he is meeting with circuit clerks and election commissioners from each Mississippi county. During these meetings, adequate staffing of poll workers continues to be an issue.

According to the EAC, America has faced a critical shortage of poll workers due to COVID-19. With poll workers traditionally being over the age of 61, many chose not to participate due to their vulnerability to complications of COVID-19. 

In Mississippi, any qualified elector of the county may serve as a poll worker. Those interested in serving may complete a registration form found on the Secretary of State's website. The Secretary of State’s Office sends registration information directly to county circuit clerks and election commissioners. Local election officials will contact those whose services are needed.

Please contact our Elections Hotline at ElectionsAnswers@sos.ms.gov or (601)-576-2550 if you have any questions regarding how to become a poll worker.