Table 12 presents data from the Election Day Survey about poll workers. The survey asked about the number of poll workers statewide and in each local election jurisdiction, the required number of poll workers per precinct or polling place by law or regulation, the number of precincts or polling places in jurisdictions that did not have the required number of poll workers, and the number of additional poll workers that would have been needed to meet the staffing requirement in each precinct that had a deficit of poll workers. Poll workers were defined as persons who (a) verified the identity of a voter; (b) assisted the voter with signing the register, affidavits or other documents required to cast a ballot; (c) assisted the voter by providing the voter with a ballot or setting up the voting machine for the voter; or (d) served other functions dictated by state law on November 2, 2004. The definition excludes observers stationed at polling places. Applicability and Coverage All states have polling places and thus need poll workers. However, Oregon conducts all elections by mail, and locates one polling place in each county’s administrative offices, and therefore does not have the same staffing requirements as other states that must staff polling places on Election Day. Historical Contex
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