States are facing a staggering shortage of poll workers for the upcoming election. There has been a shortage of pollworkers for years and due to the pandemic it has become a crisis.
"Maryland announced in late July that it was short nearly 14,000 Election Day workers ... Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers activated the Wisconsin National Guard to assist as poll workers." (From CNN)
SMART Elections has started a #PollworkerChallenge to encourage all who are healthy enough and available to become pollworkers. Our goal is to help PowerThePolls meet the needs of election administrators across the country. They need over 1 million pollworkers, and have already recruited over 400,000.
It is a long day, but you will get paid, and you will be making a huge difference to our democracy.
PowerThePolls.org is a project that's making it easy to find your jurisdiction and sign up to be a pollworker. We are an official partner.
One word of warning, when we signed up we were asked to put our full social security number into the online form. That's not good. It is in fact quite risky and can expose you to identity theft. If your county asks for your social security number in an online form, call them and have the form mailed to you instead.