Poll Workers Needed

Poll Workers Needed

Return to Election Data Dispatches.

Finding enough poll workers is a challenge for election officials across the country, and data from the federal Election Assistance Commission back this up.

In both 2008 and 2010, nearly one-third of jurisdictions nationwide found it very difficult or somewhat difficult to "obtain sufficient poll workers," according to the EAC's Election Administration and Voting Survey.

Several jurisdictions provided detail about the challenges they face when it comes to recruiting poll workers.

"In some rural areas, it was somewhat difficult to recruit poll workers," according to Maricopa County, Arizona officials in the 2010 survey. "We do ask poll workers to work outside of their precinct, but many of the rural areas were just too far for some out-of-precinct workers to accept."

And ever-changing election administration laws have had an impact as well.

"Persons are not as willing to serve now that rules and regulations have increased," according to one South Dakota jurisdiction. "They are concerned with being sued. The pay is not enough to entice them to serve.

The front facade of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, DC.
ian-hutchinson-U8WfiRpsQ7Y-unsplash.jpg_master

Agenda for America

A collection of resources to help federal, state, and local decision-makers set an achievable agenda for all Americans

Quick View

Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for emerging challenges, it makes government more effective and better able to serve the public interest. In the coming months, President Joe Biden and the 117th Congress will tackle a number of environmental, health, public safety, and fiscal and economic issues—nearly all of them complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help solve specific, systemic problems in a nonpartisan fashion, Pew has compiled a series of briefings and recommendations based on our research, technical assistance, and advocacy work across America.

Lightbulbs
Lightbulbs

States of Innovation

Data-driven state policy innovations across America

Quick View

Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for difficult challenges. When states serve their traditional role as laboratories of innovation, they increase the American people’s confidence that the government they choose—no matter the size—can be effective, responsive, and in the public interest.