Late last week lawmakers came up with a solution to fill the shortage of election poll workers this year. They rushed through a bill that was quickly signed by the governor to double the pay, from $200 for the long day’s work to $400. But it only applies to the June 8 election. It also allows voting districts to be staffed by two workers instead of the typical four to six, and gives National Guard members permission to work the polls in civilian clothes. To get the gig you had to sign up by noon Monday.
Primary elections don’t often get a big turnout. But that might not be the case in Bergen County’s 37th District. It’s a hotly contested battle to succeed retiring Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg.