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Power the Polls

Serve as a Poll Worker!

Help ensure a free, fair, and safe election for all voters in your community

Posted July 27, 2023

Background & Context

Power the Polls is the first-of-its-kind, nonpartisan initiative for recruiting the next generation of poll workers, and the national leader in poll worker recruitment.

Poll workers support early voting locations, ensure technology functions, support language access when needed, and help minimize long lines and delays at polling places on election day—and poll worker shortages can lead to long lines and voter disenfranchisement, especially in communities of color and low income communities.

Immediate Problem

There are no off years for democracy, and elections are happening across the country in 2023. In every election, election administrators need poll workers to keep polling places open, help their neighbors vote, and ensure every voter has access to the ballot box.

Many election officials are already starting their poll worker recruitment for the 2024 election. It takes time for election administrators to recruit, train, and place poll workers. By recruiting new poll workers in 2023, election officials can ensure new poll workers have experience before the general election in November 2024.

Work & Deliverables

Interested lawyers and law students should sign up with Power the Polls at

Once you’ve signed up with Power the Polls, you'll be directed to your local election administrator's website to complete a poll worker application. Depending on your jurisdiction, your local election administrator will contact you sometime between now and the election if you're selected to become a poll worker. All training and placement will be done by your local election administrator.

The process to become a poll worker can be a bit complicated, but don’t worry: the Power the Polls team is here to help! While you wait to hear back from your election administrator, Power the Polls will provide reminders and informational resources about what to expect if you're selected as a poll worker, how to prepare for training, and how to make the most of the experience.

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 11-20 hours
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Additional Training Details: Local jurisdictions will provide training.
  • Site-Preference: On-Site
  • Open to Law Students: Yes
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Required Legal Expertise: None
  • Mentoring Provided: No
  • Supervision Provided: Yes


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Power the Polls

We’re a nonpartisan organization bringing together nonprofits and businesses like Civic Alliance, Comedy Central, Fair Elections Center, Pizza to the Polls, and MTV in a coalition to recruit the next generation of poll workers. Poll workers are vital to the democratic process – they tabulate votes, set up polling sites, and work to minimize the wait time for voters. Beyond staffing polling places on Election day, some poll workers also cover early voting and count absentee ballots after the election. We will be providing PPE to poll workers who sign up to help keep our elections efficient, fair, and safe. Unfortunately, we are facing a severe shortage of poll workers, which in turn means we’re at risk of losing a number of in-person polling locations across the country. In 2016, an estimated 57% of the 900,000 poll workers were over the age of 60 – a group particularly vulnerable to COVID. In the midst of the ongoing pandemic, seasoned poll workers are opting out of these roles without anyone to take their place. We have already seen the consequences of the poll worker shortage adversely impact voters in primaries across the country. Recruiting a younger, more diverse cohort of poll workers is crucial to preventing election officials and lawmakers from using the poll worker shortage as an excuse to close polling places and limit in-person voting in this historic election year.

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