The Rundown

Ohio counties need more poll workers for August Special Election

By: - August 4, 2023 4:45 am

Voting location. (Photo by the New Jersey Monitor/States Newsroom.)

Twenty-three Ohio counties don’t have the minimum number of poll workers needed for Tuesday’s special election. 

These counties don’t have enough poll workers as of Thursday morning: Ashtabula, Clermont, Columbiana, Coshocton, Defiance, Fulton, Greene, Harrison, Highland, Huron, Jefferson, Knox, Licking, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Montgomery, Shelby, Stark, Trumbull, Van Wert, Warren and Washington.

Currently, 32,310 poll workers have signed up to help, according to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Poll Worker Tracker. That surpasses the statewide needed minimum, but some counties haven’t meet their local goal. 

“While many Ohio counties have passed the minimum number of poll workers needed to conduct the election, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose set a goal of 115% of the minimum needed to ensure a sufficient number of poll workers is available in every county in case of an unforeseen circumstances,” the secretary of state said in a news release. 

Fifty counties have not met their goal for poll workers as of Thursday morning: Ashtabula, Athens, Auglaize, Butler, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Columbiana, Coshocton, Darke, Defiance, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Harrison, Highland, Huron, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lake, Licking, Lorain, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Meigs, Montgomery, Noble, Paulding, Pike, Ross, Sandusky, Scioto, Seneca, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Van Wert, Vinton, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Williams, and Wood.

Of those 50 counties, 27 have met the minimum requirements of poll workers needed. 

Poll workers are paid for their work on Election Day and Ohioans can sign up at

Polls are open on Election Day from 6:30 a.m. through 7:30 p.m.

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Megan Henry
Megan Henry

Megan Henry is a reporter for the Ohio Capital Journal and has spent the past five years reporting in Ohio on various topics including education, healthcare, business and crime. She previously worked at The Columbus Dispatch, part of the USA Today Network.