Election Law

ABA calls on legal professionals to 'step up' and serve as poll workers in upcoming 2022 elections

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The ABA is mobilizing lawyers to serve as poll workers in the upcoming 2022 elections.

The association announced Wednesday that it will once again partner with the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors for the Poll Worker Esq. initiative, which encourages lawyers, as well as law students and other legal professionals, to get involved in the electoral process.

“We’re calling on lawyers and law students to step up this November to serve as poll workers,” said ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross in an ABA press release. “Every day, lawyers work to protect the rule of law and the Constitution, so it makes sense that they would be essential for us to have a free and fair election.”

Potential volunteers can watch a new video posted at ambar.org/vote for more information about how to register to be a poll worker. The ABA Standing Committee on Election Law also provides other resources on civic engagement and participation on the website.

Those interested in volunteering with the initiative can also go directly to the National Association of Secretaries of State website’s Can I Vote section and click the Become a Poll Worker tab. Tasks could include staffing polling places and processing returned ballot envelopes, and according to the ABA press release, poll worker training may be eligible for continuing legal education credit.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: “Disinformation and the safety of election officials must be addressed, ABA House says”

ABAJournal.com: “ABA leads effort to recruit lawyers as poll workers to ensure ‘free and fair elections’”

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