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Evaluate Poll Worker Training

Posted April 29, 2019

Poll workers are the frontline elections administrators and are the difference between a voter feeling their voice is heard and an experience that creates distrust in the electoral system. They perform vital tasks including answering voters’ questions regarding their rights, providing ballots to voters or setting up voting machines, verifying voters’ identities, and assisting voters with signing documents required to cast a ballot. In Pennsylvania there is no universal standard for how these poll workers are trained meaning a voters experience at the polls is likely to vary from county to county. We are working to develop best practice models to enhance poll worker training across the Commonwealth. This project is seeking volunteers in any county across PA to participate as a poll worker in the upcoming May 21st 2019 election. The purpose of this project is to help inform our work to better understand how poll worker training varies across counties, as well as measure the training's effectiveness. To participate in this project we ask that you’re able to meet the following five (5) criteria: 1. Be a registered voter in the county where you will serve as a poll worker 2. Be available to attend a poll worker training session in your county (likely May 18th or 19th but may vary depending on county) 3. Be available to serve as a poll worker on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4. Complete a short ten (10) question survey after training evaluating the effectiveness of the training 5. Participate in a short post-election group debrief call (date TBD)

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 1-5 hours
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Additional Training Details: Project coordinator will provide training information
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Bar License(s) required: Pennsylvania
  • Required Languages: None
  • Mentoring Provided: Yes
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
Access Democracy

Access Democracy is a project of The Leadership Conference Education Fund. Together, Access Democracy and The Education Fund work to protect the right and ability to vote, by improving how elections are run at the local level. Complementing the litigation and legislative work of national, state and local voting rights organizations, this partnership focuses on the challenges voters face when they go to vote. Because the fight for voting rights doesn't stop at the polling place door.

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