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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Bipartisan effort launched seeking poll workers for Election Day

Sep 19, 2016
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A coalition of businesses and nonprofits will recruit poll workers in a new program called Day of Democracy, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said today.

Husted said the Day of Democracy program will engage organizations by encouraging members or employees to dedicate a “day for democracy” and volunteer to work at the polls. The announcement included the recommendation to offer paid time off for employees, “ so their workers can serve their community on Election Day.” Volunteers receive relevant training and are compensated for their time.

“Freedom and democracy are rights we enjoy as Americans, but they are not without their responsibilities,” Husted said in a statement. He called for more than 35,000 “dedicated individuals” to volunteer for the Nov. 8 election.

The program has bipartisan support.

“Poll workers are the gatekeepers of our democracy, ensuring that every voter has equal access and the opportunity to cast their ballot in confidence,” said U.S. Rep. Joybe Beatty, D-Columbus. “Yet, too often, polling places in Ohio and across the country lack the sufficient personnel.”

Mark Howard, Nationwide executive vice president and chief legal officer, said the company supports the Day for Democracy program.

Dale Heydlauff, American Electric Power vice present for corporate communications, said, “Our employees have found working the polls to be an educational and rewarding experience, and our company benefits from having employees engaged in the political process and providing an essential service to the community."

More information is available online here.

This article first appeared on the Columbus Dispatch's website on September 19, 2016.