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Portsmouth seeks poll worker volunteers for primary election

Deadline to apply is May 27


PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Canvassing Office is seeking poll workers to help during the June 2, 2020 primary election.

Poll workers must be at least 18 years old, be a registered Rhode Island voter, be able to write their name and read the Rhode Island State Constitution in English, complete an application and successfully complete a short training session. There are also positions available for high school students ages 16 and older to be greeters or monitors with parental approval. 

There are many positions available for either full or half-day shifts. Positions include greeters and monitors to welcome voters, direct them to proper lines, show them sample ballots, and remind them of identification requirements; supervisors to oversee ballot applications, verify identifications, direct voters to the clerk and distribute ballots and instructions; clerks responsible for election materials and reports, to assist voters not on the voter list, and help them update their information; and moderators who manage the precinct and report results, oversee poll workers, help voters cast ballots, report technical issues and serve as the point-of-contact for the local Board of Canvassers. Workers are paid and provided meals.

More information and the poll worker application is available online here, or by contacting the registrar of voters.

Completed applications should be submitted to the Portsmouth Town Hall, Canvassing Office, 2200 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871, or by e-mail or fax to 401/682-2107 no later than May 27.

For more information contact Jacqueline Schulz, registrar of voters, at 401/683-3157 or

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