NC Needs More Poll Workers, But Pandemic Making Them Hard to Find

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Dynamics of 2020 election in NC are increasing the need for poll workers, but fears of the pandemic are making those workers harder to find, with many of the older workers who have served as polls previously worried about high risk for COVID-19.

Many county elections directors started recruiting poll workers earlier than normal, are using new recruitment strategies, have increased pay and are partnering with the N.C. Board of Elections, political parties and voter rights groups to find people to work the election. 

Officials anticipate that a shortage of poll workers could cause longer lines, last-minute precinct closures and voter confusion…. Read more.