September 1 is National Poll Worker Recruitment Day

Here’s where you can sign up to be a poll worker for the General Elections

September 1 is National Poll Worker Recruitment Day
Election Protection Arizona aims to keep a safe number of polling locations for the general election, allow for proper social distancing, and prevent long lines or delays.

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Tuesday, Sept. 1 is National Poll Worker Recruitment Day, and a group is trying to recruit hundreds of Arizonans for the crucial task.

Traditionally poll workers are older, less diverse, and monolingual. Election Protection Arizona has partnered with Power the Polls to recruit a new cohort of poll workers that are people of color, young adults, and bilingual.

National Poll Worker Recruitment Day is a national awareness day established by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to encourage eligible people to help citizens vote by serving as poll workers.

Because of COVID-19 poll worker recruitment has become more critical than ever. Many poll workers are over the age of 61 and cannot work this year because of health concerns. EPAZ aims to keep a safe number of polling locations for the general election, allow for proper social distancing, and prevent long lines or delays.

“In-person voting is more frequently used by younger people, lower-income people, and people of color. These groups need and deserve equal representation at polling places, so people from their communities can address and meet their needs,” said Murphy Bannerman, Deputy Director Election Protection Arizona.

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