Election Officials Struggle to Recruit Poll Workers for Midterms Amid Growing Threats
Ask Students: What are some of the reasons poll workers left in recent years? When did recruiting poll workers become a problem?
An election official outside and voters outside a voting location in Minneapolis, Minnesota | Lorie Shaull
Election Day is less than two months away, yet there’s a critical missing element that could slow down the voting process. It takes more than a million people working the polls to make American elections run smoothly. Between retirements and concerns about COVID, tens of thousands of poll workers have left the job over the past several election cycles. William Brangham reports. For a transcript of this story, click here.
What do you think a community could do to boost numbers of poll worker volunteers?
Media Literacy: Did this piece answer questions about how eligible poll workers can volunteer? If not, where could you find out?
Who should be eligible to be a poll worker? What are some ways volunteer poll workers could make voting more difficult and less secure rather than easier and more secure? Watch the video below and make your own list of qualities you think poll workers should have to be eligible to volunteer.