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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 January 23, 2024

Background & Context

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

With the 2024 primary elections already underway, we are seeing an urgent need for poll workers to ensure our elections run smoothly.

Work & Deliverables

You can sign up directly at: https://www.powerthepolls.org/wetheaction.

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.

Project Plan

Preparation Phase

  • Sign up at https://www.powerthepolls.org/wetheaction

Collaboration Phase

  • Follow steps provided by your local jurisdiction

Wrap Up

Details to be provided at a later date
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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 11-20 hours
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Additional Training Details: Training will vary by local jurisdiction
  • 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: Yes
  • Supervision Provided: No

Locations

  • Multiple,
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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