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Gov. Phil Murphy emerges from a polling place in his hometown in 2018. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Senate panel approves poll worker pay hike

By David Wildstein and Nikita Biryukov, June 22 2021 5:56 pm

A bill to raise the pay of Election Day workers from $200 to $275 was approved today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

New Jersey had a shortage of poll workers for the primary election, forcing officials to offer $400 for the 14-hour day.

The legislation, which effectively raises the hourly rate from $14.28 to $19.64, was introduced by State Sens. Jim Beach (D-Voorhees) and Joseph Cryan (D-Union) and co-sponsored by lawmakers from both parties.

The Senate panel approved a similar bill in 2019, but the Assembly never considered the measure.  The legislation includes a $5 million appropriation to pay for the added cost.

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