August 31, 2008

You can make elections better: Sign up for Pollworkers for Democracy

Posted in 2008 election, Election reform, Elections, voting tagged , , , , at 3:06 pm by bluebanshee

You can make a difference!  Pollworkers for Democracy is a program designed to involve ordinary citizens in the elections process this November.  Here’s the description from the Pollworkers for Democracy website:

Pollworkers for Democracy is an effort to recruit, train, and network 5,000 citizen pollworkers for the November 4, 2008 election and beyond. Official pollworkers have a vital role in running fair, accountable elections in which all eligible voters are able to cast their ballots and have them counted.

Join us as a pollworker on the front lines of democracy this November 4, or learn more about the program here

Take a look at the opinions about the important role played by citizens working at the polls during elections.  There is a pressing need for more and better workers  in election offices across the country.

[Poll workers are] the foundation upon which democracy rests…the cornerstone of democracy is the right to vote, but to be able to exercise that right there must be polling places and poll workers.

— Victor Salazar, Fresno County Clerk, quoted in the Fresno Bee, April 21, 2006

If the criminal justice system didn’t have access to jurors, the criminal justice system wouldn’t exist. Poll workers are just as important as jurors.

–DeForest Soaries, chairman of the Election Assistance Commission, quoted by the Associated Press

Where’s the next generation of poll workers? We need passion about this whole process and civic participation.

— Kay J. Maxwell, president of the U.S. League of Women Voters, quoted in a 2004 Associated Press article

As long as they’re breathing and they can walk in, we have to take them. The people we hire for the most part are elderly, uneducated, and frequently unemployed.

— Barbara Jackson, Baltimore’s director of elections, quoted in USA Today




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