State Rep. Wes Allen (R-Troy), a candidate for Alabama Secretary of State, announced on Thursday a plan he calls “Heroes at the Polls.” Allen said that the program is designed to recruit veterans of the United States military to volunteer to serve as poll workers on election days in the state.

“Poll workers are a critical function of our elections, and we are always in need of good people who are willing to work from sunrise to sundown on election day at every polling location in the state,” Allen said. “As Secretary of State, I will roll out a program that will actively recruit veterans to serve as poll workers. These men and women volunteered to fight for this nation and to stand for freedom. I believe that having more veterans serve as poll workers would be an incredible asset for our state, our counties, our voters and our elections.”

Poll workers are paid election officials who staff polling places to carry out election day procedures at each of the more than 1,900 polling locations across the state.

“Poll workers are a key part of the election day process and we are grateful for the hardworking men and women who serve as poll workers. However, we always need more people to serve in this critical role,” Allen said. “They help ensure that every eligible voter that comes to a polling place on the day of an election is able to vote and they ensure that the rights of eligible voters are protected. Veterans took an oath to defend our Constitution and to include more of them in our election day administration process would be an honor.”

Allen said that under his plan, the Secretary of State’s office would partner with Probate Judges and Circuit Clerks at the county level to reach out to veterans associations and groups to make veterans more aware of the role of a poll worker and the process for signing up to work the polls.

Allen is a member of the Alabama House of Representatives and is a former Pike County probate judge. Allen is the son of State Sen. Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa).

Wes Allen, Christian Horn, Ed Packard and Jim Zeigler are all running in the May 24 Republican primary for Secretary of State.

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