The Rhode Island Board of Elections has recommended that local cities and towns increase the number of election officials working at their polling places on Nov. 8. The recommendation, which was sent to the 39 municipalities on Sept. 22, calls for an increase in the number officials who check-in voters at the polls, called Supervisors. State law requires 4 Supervisors at each location. However, the Board of Elections is recommending an increase from 6 to 10 Supervisors depending on the number of eligible voters covered by that location. These changes should help minimize lines and disruption during Election Day, as voter turnout is expected to be very high.
The state board has also recommended that municipalities add Greeters to assist voters who are unsure of their assigned polling place, and Moderator Assistants’ whose role will be to assist voters who encounter any issues casting their ballot into the new voting equipment, which is being used for the first time in a Presidential Election.
For its part, the Board of Elections has more than tripled the number of Election Day Technicians hired from 31 to 105. These technicians troubleshoot technical problems with the voting equipment, verify polling places are setup correctly, verify accessibility for individuals with disabilities; and respond to any other issues which occur on Election Day.
Local cities and towns across the state are also looking for qualified people to work at the polls, for which they are paid a stipend. The Board of Elections is working with the Community College of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College to recruit workers. Anyone interested in working at the polls on Nov. 8 can visit the Board of Elections website at www.elections.ri.gov/pollworkers or call the local Board of Canvassers where they are interested in working.
Information provided by Board Of Elections.