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Counter Points is written by WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson. In it, he shares insights on political news on the local, state and national level that impacts the 2020 election. Counter Points is delivered once a week on Wednesdays and will cease publication soon after the November election is decided.

Ohio's Top Elections Leader Says Poll Worker Recruitment Effort Is On Target To Meet The Goal

Sec of State LaRose with his task force
Jo Ingles
Sec of State LaRose with his task force

Ohio’s voting precincts normally need 37,000 poll workers on Election Day. But this year, 55,000 are needed. 

Secretary of State Frank LaRose says he’s told local boards of elections to recruit 50% more precinct workers they normally need for a presidential election. And it’s not just because of higher than expected turnout. 

“If there’s a resurgence in the virus and something else occurs that causes people to not want to work, we need to have that reserved force, trained and ready to go," LaRose says.

LaRose says most counties are close to meeting their poll worker goals. It’s unclear how many Ohioans will actually show up at the polls. More than two million have already requested absentee ballots for early voting starting Tuesday.  

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.