Many people who normally take on jobs as poll workers are in higher-risk groups for the coronavirus, leading to fears of a widespread shortage of poll workers. Here, New York City Board of Election employees and volunteers help voters at the Brooklyn Museum polling site during the New York Democratic presidential primary in June.

The governor’s order makes it easier for jobless people to work for state and local election boards — as long as they’re paid $504 or less each week.

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