Louisiana trying to recruit poll workers for fall election

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FILE – In this July 20, 2018, file photo, interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, R-Baton Rouge, talks to reporters in Baton Rouge, La. On Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, Ardoin, Louisiana’s elections chief, proposed a scaled-back emergency plan for this fall’s elections that would modestly expand early voting amid the coronavirus outbreak, but still require most people to cast their ballots in person in the pandemic. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is looking for people to work polling locations for the fall elections.

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s office announced Tuesday the launch of a recruitment campaign for election workers to help set up the polling locations, welcome voters to the sites and verify voter registrations.

Ardoin’s office says the state pays up to $200 for Election Day workers and $100 per day for early voting poll commissioners.

Louisiana has had concerns about poll worker shortages for years. But those concerns have heightened with the coronavirus outbreak, as many of those election commissioners are older and at greater risk to the COVID-19 illness caused by the virus. 

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