September 29, 2020 – Election Day is just around the corner, and this year, COVID-19 has ushered in an era of new safety concerns — and a shortage of poll workers. The Voter Project, a non-profit, non-partisan organization working to ensure a structured and seamless election day, has created a new campaign called Power the Polls to address the dire need for the next generation of poll workers in Pennsylvania.
Generally, poll workers are above the age of 60, an age group that is at high risk of contracting COVID-19 — Meaning that this year, the number of current workers able to dedicate time to working the polls on Election Day is significantly lower. With the Power the Polls campaign, The Voter Project strives to recruit the next generation of young, healthy poll workers to aid in the election process.
This campaign is dedicated to providing a safe and secure experience at the polls for all PA voters. Poll workers play a pivotal role in creating this positive voting experience, including providing assistance to voters with disabilities, first-time voters, or those who require language assistance. Pennsylvania residents who sign up to work the polls will receive $250.
Visit TheVoterProject.com to learn more about how you can sign up to be a poll worker in this year’s election and ensure communities in PA can be safe while voting in person.
#PowerthePollsPA is a collaboration among nonprofit organizations, businesses, and civic organizations such as Civic Alliance, Comedy Central, Fair Elections Center, MTV, Pizza for the Polls, and We Can Vote.