Many local election officials struggle to recruit the hundreds of thousands of poll workers needed nationwide on Election Day. WorkElections.com offers a solution to one of the main obstacles to poll worker recruitment: a lack of accessible, centralized information that can reach wide audiences.
This project seeks to improve election administration by broadening and diversifying the country’s pool of poll workers. In doing so, we hope to strengthen election infrastructure across the U.S. so it is able to keep pace with new technology and the changing needs of an increasingly diverse electorate. A new generation of poll workers can help ensure that adoption of new technology does not undermine the efficiency of casting a ballot and that language-minority communities receive the assistance they need.
This portal collects poll worker requirements and applications for nearly every state (except Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington, states that conduct all-mail balloting and therefore don’t require many poll workers).
For jurisdictions that lack their own online application, the site directs prospective applicants to statewide applications, if available. If no application exists, the site enables visitors to submit an email to their local jurisdiction, indicating an interest in serving. Some small and sparsely-populated jurisdictions have little to no information available online. In those jurisdictions, potential applicants are instructed to contact the local election officials directly.
WorkElections was developed by Fair Elections Center, a national, nonpartisan, non-profit voting rights and election reform organization. The project was initially supported with prototype funding from the Knight Foundation’s Knight Prototype Fund. Full implementation of the current site is largely supported by the Democracy Fund and the Center’s own general operating funds.