Secretary Of State Urges New Mexicans To Help America Vote, Become Poll Workers For General Election

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

From the Office of the Secretary of State:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver is urging New Mexicans to participate in one of the most critical roles in democracy by becoming a poll worker for the 2022 General Election. 

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has designated Aug. 16, 2022 as “Help America Vote Day” in an effort to to assist poll worker recruitment efforts in communities across the country.

“Working at the polls means you are on the frontlines of our democracy, assisting the voters in your community and learning first-hand how New Mexico conducts free and fair elections,” Secretary Toulouse Oliver said. “There’s no better way to learn about the voting process and I urge all willing and able New Mexicans to consider working the polls in their county for the General Election this November.”

County Clerks across the state are in need of poll workers to serve in a variety of roles on or before Election Day (Nov. 8, 2022). The Secretary of State’s Office is collecting contact information from anyone interested in becoming a poll worker for the 2022 General Election. Their office will give that information to County Clerks who will then follow up with those individuals about becoming a poll worker for the General Election in 2022

Members of the public interested in becoming a poll worker can submit their information here.

In order to become a poll worker you must:

  • Be registered to vote in your county (Not registered? It only takes a few minutes at NMVOTE.ORG);
  • Attend a training;
  • Take an oath of office;
  • Not be a candidate, law enforcement officer, or close relative of a candidate on the ballot in the 2022 General Election (spouse, parent, child, sibling, or in-law); and
  • Have basic computer skills, a mobile phone, and an email address.

Compensation for Election Day poll workers in New Mexico is set by state law. Workers are compensated at no less than the federal hourly minimum wage and not to exceed $200 for the day. County Clerks set the wage for workers who assist during Early Voting.

Members of the public interested in working the polls for the General Election can either contact their County Clerk directly (find contact information for all 33 New Mexico County Clerks here) or fill out the form on their website here.

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