For Immediate Release — Aug. 24, 2022 — Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) are renewing their collaboration with the American Bar Association (ABA) to recruit ABA members to serve as poll workers for the upcoming 2022 General Election. The continuation of this 2020 effort will once again operate as “Poll Worker, Esq.” or #PollWorkerEsq.
“As a lawyer and former Administrative Law Judge, I know first-hand how important the American Bar Association can be to activate their members. Serving as a poll worker continues to be one of the most impactful ways to serve your community,” said Tahesha Way, NASS President and New Jersey Secretary of State. “I look forward to another successful collaboration and appreciate their willingness to help election officials across the country.”
“Every election, big or small, election officials across the country struggle to find poll workers to help staff voting locations, process and tabulate ballots, and perform other important duties. We’re excited to work with the American Bar Association again to encourage lawyers and law students across the country to step up and take on this critical responsibility to our democracy,” said Meagan Wolfe, NASED President and Administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
“We’re calling on lawyers and law students to step up this November to serve as poll workers,” said ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross. “Every day lawyers work to protect the rule of law and the Constitution, so it makes sense that they would be essential for us to have a free and fair election.”
As part of the initiative, NASS, NASED and ABA have created a 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.
It is important to note that 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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