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Assemblyman Kevin Rooney. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe).

Legislature passes poll worker pay raise

If governor signs bill, permanent salary for poll workers will be $300 a day

By Joey Fox, March 24 2022 5:31 pm

Both houses of the New Jersey legislature unanimously passed a bill today raising poll worker pay to $300, a change that has been implemented on a temporary basis in several recent elections but which would be made permanent under the legislation. The bill was sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblymembers Kevin Rooney (R-Wyckoff), Raj Mukherji (D-Jersey City), and Robert Karabinchak (D-Edison), and in the Senate by State Sens. Shirley Turner (D-Lawrence) and James Beach (D-Voorhees).

“It has become increasingly difficult to staff voting locations,” Turner said in a statement. “While these individuals play an important part in the democratic process, they often face long hours and low wages. This pay raise will make it easier for municipalities to hire the personnel they need to ensure residents a quick and easy voting experience.”

The legislature previously increased poll worker pay to $400 for the 2021 primary election, and Gov. Phil Murphy raised 2021 general election pay to $300 via executive order, but both changes were only temporary. 

A bill permanently raising pay to $300 was passed by the Assembly during the lame duck session last December, but it never made it to the governor’s desk and had to be reintroduced.

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