Next to casting a ballot yourself, serving as a poll worker is the most important thing you can do to help our democracy thrive.
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Employees, customers, students, off-duty National Guard members and even entire professions are being corralled to staff polling places and keep them from closing. This week, Power the Polls reached its initial goal of recruiting 250,000 young workers.
The new recruits have signed up amid fierce battles over voting. For years, Republicans have tried to restrict access to polls, saying new rules are meant to ward off fraud -- which is surpassingly rare. [The data from 2000 to 2016 reveal that voter fraud is 40 cases out of one billion votes case. That is 25 times LESS likely than dying of flesh eating bacteria.]
In a handful of swing states that have had poll-closing issues, including Wisconsin, the organization is working with ACLU chapters. The goal is to ensure elections officials don’t close polling places unnecessarily or are wary of the new, third-party help. Most “are not used to recruiting outside of the usual suspects,”
It's best to double check with your state for any recent changes to early voting in your state. COVID-19 Info: This information may have have changed in your state’s next election, check the COVID-19 page for info.
This site is partisan primarily because Democrats seen to be the only ones who are interested in voting rights and voter participation. The data are edifying and useful to anyone interested in voting patterns and potential of Americans, irrespective of party affiliation or leaning.
This turnout-focused post summarizes current thinking and data from three main sources: a fabulous book, Get Out The Vote, by political scientists Donald Green and Alan Gerber; a great online resource, the U.S. Elections Project, maintained by political scientist Michael McDonald; and the U.S. Census Bureau. We take full responsibility for any misinterpretations or misrepresentations of these folks’ great work.
IN THIS POST:
What are current and historical voting rates in Presidential years?
What’s the maximum turnout we might hit in 2020?
Which GOTV tactics are most effective?
What about registration?
How can we make a difference in voting and registration rates in 2020?
More than 10,000 poll workers have been recruited by NBA superstar LeBron James' voting rights organization More Than A Vote, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), the non-profits announced Wednesday. Their campaign We Got Next officially launched less than two weeks ago.
Now, the campaign is looking toward the next phase of the poll worker recruitment — a focus on cities where shortages remain. Among them include Birmingham, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and San Antonio.
"Our overall objective is both to make sure that there are poll workers manning the polls ... and also to make sure that voters have what they need and they can make their plans and prepare to vote whether early voting, voting by mail or voting in person on Election Day," Byrd-Chichester told CBS News.
The long queues have prompted a huge global reaction.
One Canadian commenter in Ontario wrote that unlike in the US, a nonpartisan national commission runs the elections.
Another Canadian wrote: "I've waited longer for a bus than I have ever waited to vote."
A British man wrote: "Dear USA, I'm 58 and not once in my life have I had to queue to vote. Sort it out!"
Another person suggested that election monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) should intervene.
One man in India pointed out that his country handles more election ballots than any other democracy in the world.
In a country with a higher level of illiteracy than the US, no such long queues have been seen in previous elections.
Respondents in Norway, Germany and other European countries said there were numerous places to drop off ballots ahead of time and that unlike in the US, most polling locations were a short walk from home.
From Germany to Israel, people also reminded Americans that unlike in the US, voting occurs on holidays and weekends.
In Australia, some people said the queue to pick up the customary "Democracy Sausage" after the vote is often longer than the queue to vote itself.
"Plus the chat with sausage vendor can add half an hour," wrote one Twitter user. Another said: "In Australia - we pick the polling station with the best BBQ, not based on wait times."
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following the presidential debate tonight, Leah Greenberg, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Indivisible, and Sean Eldridge, Founder and President of Stand Up America, issued the following statement:
“The confusion and doubt that Donald Trump tried to sow about the election tonight is the behavior of a desperate man and a losing candidate.
“Elections are at the heart of what makes our democracy great, and the American people are not going to allow one weak man to ruin that. That’s why Indivisible and Stand Up America launched Protect the Results earlier this year as a project aimed at protecting the valid results of the 2020 election by building the infrastructure to mobilize millions of Americans should Trump take steps to undermine the outcome of the election. From conservative organizations to faith groups to labor unions, we are building a broad network of people who are working to make sure every vote is counted and preparing to mobilize if Trump attempts to undermine the valid results.
“While we work to resoundingly defeat Donald Trump in this election, preparing to also protect the results of this election isn’t just reasonable, it’s necessary. The voters will have the last word.”
Post by Gary Riccio on Oct 18, 2020 10:46:21 GMT -5
Note that a voter in need can be escorted into the polling place by anyone. Consider this for people vulnerable to anxiety or who otherwise need assistance. Don't wear partisan gear in such a role and don't tell the voter how to vote. This role as an escort can be as important as casting your own vote.
Vote at Home is a growing trend across red, blue, and purple states because it is a proven method to improve election security, increase voter turnout, and reduce election-related costs. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, mail ballots also represent safer and healthier elections. This data dashboard is an interactive look at the current status of vote at home policies and voter turnout after the 2020 Presidential Primary election.
Explore each element by hovering over states with your mouse and clicking on a state to lock the information. Or, use the dropdown menu to the right to select a state.
Election Defenders is bringing a different approach to fighting voter suppression ranging from deescalation tactics learned in military operations other than war including but limited to deep engagement with the mundane so the deviations from "normal" can be recognized as warning signs of imminent threats and vulnerability. "Joy to the Polls" goes farther by creating a new normal at the polls in which frustration with long lines and other tactics of voter suppression are replaced by a positive communal experience of empowered dauntlessness and self-efficacy.
This is more than a tactic to win the battle for voting rights in October and November of 2020. It is about building capacity in the war for participatory democracy between and across elections for many years to come. Irrespective of how one thinks about representative democracy, it is coming of age. The prospects of such democracy are only as good as the education of the electorate, not necessarily formal education but the the ability to differentiate fact from fiction.