New campaign looks to Ohio’s veterans for help manning the polls

State News

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A new initiative by Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office hopes to recruit Ohio’s veterans as poll workers.

“If three percent of our fellow Buckeye veterans answered that call to duty, we would exceed the number that we need,” said LaRose.

Ohio is in need of thousands of poll workers this election, with a record number of voters expected to participate. The campaign, Second Call to Duty, is partnering with Ohio veterans’ groups to get the word out to those who already served.

“Ohioans from all walks of life are stepping up, but there is more work to do,” said LaRose. “We’re recruiting on multiple fronts, and we won’t stop until we meet our goal.”

So far, nearly 40,000 people have signed up to volunteer for the November 3 general election.

Poll Workers by the Numbers

  • Goal for Committed and Trained Poll Workers: 55,588
  • Minimum Poll Workers Required: 37,057
  • Current Number of Committed Poll Workers: 39,894
  • Remaining Number of Poll Workers Needed to Meet Goal: 22,577

“You volunteered to serve your country and I’m here today to ask you again to volunteer but this time serve your state,” said Fred Lavery, State Commander of the VFW Department of Ohio.

Organization leaders like Roger Friend, the state commander of American Legion Department of Ohio, explained it’s their duty to volunteer on election day and he expects many of his members to be there.

“If you think of it when we raised our hand to join the military, you know we took an oath and that oath is always there. It never goes away,” said Friend.

If you are interested in becoming a poll worker, you can sign up at You can also check the Secretary of State’s website to see how many workers are still needed in your area.

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