Recruiting Poll Workers To Power Elections


Poll workers are essential to the functioning of our democracy on Election Day. These citizens make sure the process is run fairly and efficiently by staffing check-in tables, answering questions, assisting people with voting machines, and ensuring that issues are escalated to the appropriate authorities.

Yet in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, states throughout the country have seen a large drop off in poll worker recruitment. Many of the older adults who used to staff polls are at high risk for infection, and are not signing up to work the polls at the same rate as in the past. This crisis came to a head during the Wisconsin primary election on April 7, 2020, where the City of Milwaukee was forced to reduce their polling locations from 180 to just five. Other cities had up to 77% reductions in polling places due to staffing issues.

In order to help address this shortage, we partnered with Power the Polls, a new collaboration of nonprofits and private sector companies uniting to reach hundreds of thousands of potential poll workers to meet the needs generated by the massive 2020 recruitment gap.

America is in the midst of a nationwide poll worker shortage. Get paid to help your neighbors vote.

Sign up as a poll worker here or scroll down to fill out the form below.

Partner Resources

Help Protect Democracy

History has shown that the best way to protect democracy is by standing united in its defense. Donate to help us to scale up our efforts to educate, advocate, organize, and litigate on behalf of the values we all hold dear.


Be an informed American.

An engaged and informed public is at the heart of American democracy. Sign up to receive updates that will keep us all informed about the threats we face and how we can fight to protect our democracy together.