The 2020 Election: Power of Youth Involvement and Vote
Going into this year’s general election on November 3rd, the U.S.is more polarized than ever, and many feel a sense of responsibility to do their part.
In true social distancing manner, I was on a Zoom call with some friends from high school a while back, when we landed on the topic of the election and the roles young people could play to make a difference. Someone brought up the need for poll workers because her grandparents who normally apply to work on election day no longer could, due to the threat posed by COVID-19. As a group we then decided to sign up to be poll workers in Chicago and recruit our network and acquaintances of young people to do the same.
Election judges are essential for polls to run smoothly during an election that will be all hands-on deck. With a national shortage of poll workers, many cities and precincts are looking to young people to fill the gaps. Gen Z and Millennials are playing pivotal roles in the general election—in fact 2020 has been deemed the year of the young taking to the streets to fight social injustice, getting involved on the campaign trail and making up 37% of eligible voters in the U.S.
Ahead of election day, election judges are required to complete a training once their application has been vetted and approved. They must then review the manual provided by the Clerk’s office and stay tuned for assignment updates. While this position is only a day-long, paid commitment, it is vital for employers to provide flexibility to employees to take part in this monumental time. To learn more about being an election judge or polling place technician, see here.
Poll workers are needed now more than ever. Here at Grisko, our leadership offers paid time off to our team volunteers on election day because we understand the importance of civic duty. By volunteering prior to or on election day our team is making a meaningful difference as we #PowerthePolls.
2016 was the first time I was of legal age to cast my ballot for a presidential candidate and looking back I wish I had been more involved in the campaign process leading up to the election. This time around I want to make sure that I have put in every last attempt to do my part, make my voice heard and make an impact during an election that will have colossal effect on our future.
Now just under 40 days to the election, every early vote, every mail in ballot, and every effort to get involved counts as the clock winds down. If you’re wondering what you can do, get involved now!