Elections Canada urgently needs Nunavik poll workers, with vote days away

Places most in need of polling staff include Kuujjuarapik, Akulivik and Kangirsuk

A view over the neighbouring town sites of Kuujjuaraapik and Whapmagoostui. (Photo courtesy of MH Lareault/Wikicommons)

By Nunatsiaq News

Elections Canada is urgently seeking people in several Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou communities to fill poll worker positions at understaffed polling stations for Monday’s federal election.

Communities most in need of polling staff include Kuujjuarapik, Akulivik and Kangirsuk, according to Elections Canada spokesperson Diane Benson.

“They are in a crunch,” she wrote in an email on Friday.

“Support Canada’s democracy and help make voting more accessible in your community.”

Poll workers are responsible for election day operations at regional polling stations, and they are required to work up to 13 hours per day. Canadians citizens at least 16 years old are eligible to apply for positions, according to Elections Canada.

In light of COVID-19, Benson says that Elections Canada is working with local and provincial health authorities to implement safety measures to protect staff and voters.

“Elections Canada is committed to protecting the health and safety of election workers,” Benson said. “We have therefore put health and safety measures in place at all Elections Canada offices and polling stations.”

Benson is asking that people who are interested in filling an understaffed poll worker position contact the Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou returning office at 1-866-271-4355.

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