Academy Award winner Viola Davis asks people of Rhodes Island to volunteer for poll duty for the November election. Two times the “Tony Award” and Emmy Award (Primetime) winner wrote on Instagram about the shortage in the number of Poll Workers. She reminds of the poll condition of 2016, where more than half of the poll workers were 60 or older.
“Volunteer to be a poll worker” – Viola Davis
Viola Davis wrote on Instagram “Hey Rhode Island, we’re going to be facing a poll worker shortage this November and need your help. More than half of the nation’s poll workers in 2016 were 60 or older—the same age group most at risk for coronavirus. Be #AllinForVoting and volunteer to be a poll worker at www.allinforvoting.com”
America is facing a record shortage of poll workers this year due to the coronavirus. The democracy of the nation depends on a smooth run of elections and everyone’s vote discounted.
Power the Polls is the first-of-its-kind initiative to recruit poll workers to ensure a safe, fair election for all voters. Most of the poll workers are over the age of 60 and, during this time of uncertainty due to the pandemic, fewer people are signing up for the job.
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The shortage in the poll workers has already been felt negatively in recent primary elections, where the shortage in poll workers led to the long lines and voters disenfranchisement.