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September 10, 2020

ABA Launches Poll Worker, Esq. to Encourage Poll Volunteers

The American Bar Association is partnering with the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors to encourage lawyers, law students and other legal professionals to serve as nonpartisan poll workers for the upcoming 2020 election. Depending on the jurisdiction, tasks may range from staffing polling places to processing returned ballot envelopes and more. This is strictly a nonpartisan effort designed to help people vote and to help local officials ensure a safe and accurate election.

Serving as a poll worker is integral to assuring a free and fair election this November, and lawyers are especially suited to help. With the added obstacle of a pandemic this year, finding people who are at lower health risk to assist as poll workers is even more important. States across the country are predicting a shortage of workers to serve for the November 3 General Election. Even states that vote primarily by mail recognize the particular challenge this year. This is an opportunity for lawyers, and soon-to-be lawyers, to step up and serve. 

Interested poll workers can sign up on and click on the “Become a Poll Worker” tab to find out how to serve in their jurisdictions. 

Details are available at—including a video that encourages lawyers and law students to become poll workers and explains how to sign up as a poll worker.

Updated: Sep 10, 2020