Following news reports of a proposed relocation of the Athens County Board of Elections, All Voting is Local State Director Mike Brickner wrote to the County Commissioners recommending they ensure that the relocation does not unintentionally create new problems for the voters of Athens County.
As county officials throughout Pennsylvania work to comply with Gov. Tom Wolf’s voting machine mandate for the 2020 elections, they would be wise to tackle a less-recognized threat to election integrity: poorly trained poll workers.
Poll workers are the guardians of our democracy and to thoroughly protect our election system they must be properly trained. Among their vital tasks, poll workers check-in voters, hand out ballots, and help voters with disabilities.
Sandusky’s decision to make Election Day a paid holiday for city workers is a smart way to expand access to the ballot. Cincinnati announced a similar proposal. Cleveland should follow suit and go further: offer incentives to city employees to serve as poll workers, filling a critical shortage plaguing our election system.
The country is in desperate need of more volunteer poll workers, who spend 14- to 15-hour days making sure people can exercise their right to vote. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is claiming Democrats’ effort to get more federal workers to help is actually a corrupt scheme to steal elections.
Ohio University students and city of Athens residents are understandably concerned about the potential relocation of the Board of Elections from the city center (“Officials still considering elections board move,” Jan. 13, 2019).
In a final affront to voters, outgoing Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Ohio would immediately resume purging infrequent voters from the state rolls, an unfair policy which could eliminate an estimated 2 million Ohioans from the rolls. Earlier this month, the process got underway as officials mailed notices to voters at risk of being tossed from the rolls.