The Poll Worker, Esq. projects needs your help
Poll Worker, Esq. is a “Rally Cry” aimed at mobilizing lawyers, law students and other legal professionals to become poll workers for the upcoming 2020 election. The American Bar Association is partnering with the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) on this very important initiative. This is strictly a nonpartisan effort designed to help people vote and to help local officials ensure a safe and accurate election.
NCBP is working with the ABA on this very important initiative. We urge NCBP’s members to volunteer for this effort. Serving as a poll worker is integral to assuring a free and fair election this November, and lawyers are especially suited to help. With the added obstacle of a pandemic this year, finding people who are at lower health risk to assist as poll workers is even more important. States across the country are predicting a shortage of workers to serve for the November 3 General Election. Even states that vote primarily by mail recognize the particular challenge this year. This is an opportunity for lawyers, and soon-to-be lawyers, to step up and serve.
We need your help. We hope you will utilize all means of communication at your disposal to reach out to your membership and community to urge lawyers and law students to give their time and talent to Poll Worker, Esq.
Details are available at ambar.org/vote—including a video that encourages lawyers and law students to become poll workers and explains how to sign up as a poll worker.
A social media campaign will run throughout September on the ABA’s Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. The hashtag for the effort is #PollWorkerEsq.
Interested workers can sign up on www.canivote.org and click on the “Become a Poll Worker” bullet on right hand menu to find out how to serve in their jurisdictions. Depending on the state, tasks may range from staffing polling places to processing returned ballot envelopes and more. Poll worker training for lawyers may be eligible for Continuing Legal Education credit.
Aurora Austriaco, President
National Conference of Bar Presidents
Patricia Lee Refo, President
American Bar Association