Iowa seeks young, healthy poll workers

    Voters casting ballots. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    State election officials in Iowa are recruiting healthy, younger poll workers for the June 2 primary to take the place of older Iowans vulnerable to COVID-19.

    “We need younger, healthy Iowans to help staff our polling locations to ensure a clean, smooth election process,” Secretary of State Paul Pate said in a news release. “Also, these are paid positions. You can put a little extra money in your pocket.”

    Pate has encouraged all primary voters to vote by mail and his office has sent out absentee ballot request forms to all active voters.

    Some counties are expected to combine precincts due to a worker shortage during the pandemic. Poll workers check in voters, make sure they have the correct ballot and answer questions.

    Pate’s office is providing masks, hand sanitizers, cleaning supplies, and materials to mark 6-foot separation distances for those waiting to vote.

    For more information and to sign up to become a poll worker, visit  

    Perry Beeman
    Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.