PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island state lawmaker says he wants state election poll workers to get more training following long lines at some polling places earlier this month.
State Sen. Paul Jabour says he plans to introduce legislation next year to require poll workers to attend four training sessions in the two years before an election. Currently, poll workers must complete one training session.
Jabour, a Providence Democrat, says he’s also considering a proposal to allow poll workers to work shifts to make sure eligible workers aren’t denied a chance to help because they cannot commit to working the entire day of an election.
Voters in some communities experienced waits of up to three hours on Election Day.
Election officials say it’s often difficult to find volunteers to work the polls.