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September 14, 2020

Poll workers needed now, more than ever


COVID-19 has brought out the best of many of us. Some donate PPE to a child care center. Others deliver meals to those with disabilities, or write notes of encouragement to isolated seniors. People throughout Greater Cincinnati are living UNITED every day.

Here’s one more way you can help.

Our region needs thousands of volunteer poll workers on election day, November 3, 2020. Counties always struggle to recruit workers to run free and fair elections, but it is especially a problem during the pandemic. That means long lines at the polls.

Boards of Election are turning to companies, schools and nonprofits, hoping to find volunteers willing to support this one-day effort. They offer training and a promise of volunteering in a safe, hygienic, social-distancing manner. In some counties, you can even donate the money you earn to a non-profit such as United Way of Greater Cincinnati. 

Standing at the front lines of our democracy, poll workers perform vital duties, handing out ballots, assisting voters with disabilities, checking in voters, and reviewing IDs where required. Poll work is not partisan. In fact, volunteer workers serve the Boards of Elections in their respective counties and may not be partisan or support candidates through that work. Their job is simply to make sure everyone has an opportunity to vote.

United Way brings together leaders, volunteers, donors and others in our community to solve problems in a collaborative, nonpartisan way. Civic engagement builds stronger communities.

Please join us by volunteering at the polls. Our democracy is counting on us.

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