For Immediate Release — August 26, 2020 — Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) are working with the American Bar Association (ABA) to promote the need for ABA members to serve as poll workers for the upcoming 2020 General Election. The recruitment effort is titled “Poll Worker, Esq.” and the hashtag #PollWorkerEsq will be used on each organization’s social media and materials.
“During this unprecedented time, states are conducting massive poll worker recruitment efforts to reach Americans who are not part of the high-risk population. This is why the partnership with the American Bar Association is crucial. Their members’ service as poll workers will unequivocally help communities, election officials and our democracy,” stated Maggie Toulouse Oliver, NASS President and New Mexico Secretary of State.
“States across the country are thinking creatively to recruit election workers who are in lower risk populations,” said Lori Augino, NASED President and Director of Elections for the Washington Secretary of State. “Even in states, like Washington, where most voting takes place by mail, election workers are an integral part of our democracy. This partnership with the American Bar Association will help state and local election officials by filling a critical staffing need and will help voters cast their ballots.”
“Serving as a poll worker is integral to assuring a free and fair election this November, and lawyers are especially suited to help” said Patricia Lee Refo, president of the ABA. “With the added obstacle of a pandemic this year, finding people who are at lower risk to assist as poll workers is even more important. This is an opportunity for lawyers, and soon-to-be lawyers, to step up and serve.”
As part of the initiative, NASS, NASED and ABA members have also come together to create an informative video encouraging lawyers and law students to become poll workers.
ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world and has an extensive communications network. Further, poll worker training for lawyers who work as poll workers may be eligible for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit according to state law and procedures.
Several state-level poll worker recruitment partnerships with professional organizations have been tremendously successful.
It is important to note, poll workers are hired at the local level. For more information, visit the nonpartisan canivote.org, which features a “Become a Poll Worker” page.
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