2020 has been quite the year, from the pandemic to racial injustice to vicious climate change and natural disasters. To create the change we want to see, we need to turn out this November Amongst all of the changes and challenges, however, we have seen so many people step up for their communities and their neighbors, and this voting season we see another opportunity to do so.
Over half of all poll workers who served in recent elections are over 60 years old, a population that is especially vulnerable to the ongoing pandemic. Fortunately, there are ways we can help:
What Does a Poll Worker Do?
To start this off we should probably answer the question, what does a poll worker even do? The duties may include:
- Setting up and closing polling sites
- Issuing ballots
- Registering voters
- Protecting ballots and voting equipment
- Explaining the voting process to voters
- Helping voters understand their rights
Why do We Need Poll Workers?
Poll workers are critical to voting access, without poll workers we have fewer voting sites, which limits voting access, especially to those who are unable to travel, sit in long lines, or give up workdays. This year, a lack of polling workers can mean longer and therefore more dangerous lines and would force voters to choose between their health and their right to vote. Poll workers also help to clarify any confusion and run smooth and efficient lines as well as ensure properly counted ballots.
If we lose poll workers, individuals may lose the opportunity to help shape our country’s future with their vote.
Why be a Poll Worker?
To briefly summarize if you become a poll worker you will:
- Assist in protecting our vulnerable populations.
- Support and expand voter access.
- Help disadvantaged communities use their vote.
- Be paid for your efforts.
How can I get started?
You can get more specific information on your county’s needs and requirements by clicking here.
If 2020 has shown us anything, it is that this election is critical, and people’s lives depend on it. Become a poll worker to ensure we all get a chance to use our voices for change this November.