Michael Watson

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JACKSON – The United States Election Assistance Commission designated January 25, 2022 as National Poll Worker Recruitment Day to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of working the polls. Secretary Michael Watson encourages Mississippians to celebrate the day by signing up to be a poll worker for the November 8th General Election.

“I can’t overemphasize the importance of well-trained and ample poll workers. They are the unsung heroes of free and fair elections here in Mississippi,” said Secretary Watson. “As in-person voting remains our primary voting method, we need trustworthy individuals to step up and help uphold the integrity of Election Day.”

Poll workers’ duties include setting up and preparing polling locations, greeting voters and issuing ballots. To be a poll worker in Mississippi, you must meet the following requirements:

A registered voter in the county they wish to serve in
Attend a mandatory poll worker training
Cannot be a member of a candidate’s immediate family or the second degree of kinship, and cannot be a member of a candidate’s political committee
Poll workers are selected and trained by their local election authority. However, our office launched a Poll Worker Portal on our website to streamline the application process. Mississippians can visit this link to sign up to be a poll worker, and the information entered will be directed to the individual’s local election authority. Since inception, we’ve received nearly 10,000 submissions, which is essential due to the poll worker shortage prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For additional questions or concerns regarding poll workers, please contact our Elections Division at ElectionsAnswers@sos.ms.gov or call our Elections Hotline at 1-800-829-6786.

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Patrice, wife of Greg Boykin & mother of two sons, Bradley & Alex, is a Magee hometown girl. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry and 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community where she served as Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 18 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.

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