Working Voting Polls on Election Day in New Jersey Now Pays More
Voting poll employees in New Jersey are officially approved for a bump in pay. The state hopes the $100 increase in compensation will entice more people to want to work on Election Day.
A bill, reportedly supported by both Republicans and Democrats in the Garden State, was signed into law last week by Governor Phil Murphy.
It takes daily compensation for polling workers primary election, general election, and special election days from $200 to $300, Patch.com reports.
The bill also boosts the maximum hourly rate for poll employees in lower profile elections by more than $7, from $14.29 to $21.43/hour.
In a statement, Gov. Murphy said, "I am proud to sign legislation that will repay [election workers] for their commitment to ensuring that our elections process remains a model for the nation."
Research has shown, in recent years, New Jersey has had a rougher staffing polling venues on Election Day, according to Patch.com. But these new pay rates are pretty enticing, and hopefully provide incentive for people to want to participate in the election process (and hand out more 'I Voted' stickers, lol).