The U.S. Election Assistance Commission wants you.
MU is one of 27 colleges and non-profit organizations that will get money to recruit students to work at the polls in the upcoming election. St. Louis Community College is another one of the schools on the list.
“Recruiting, training and retaining poll workers continue to be a challenge,” said Rosemary E. Rodriguez, chair of the Election Assistance Commission, which is awarding the grants. “The need for these dedicated Americans will be even more crucial in November, when we expect a record turnout.”
No one wants to see a repeat of the 2004 election troubles that left people waiting in line to vote when the polls closed in states like Ohio. For political junkies on campus the grant is good news. It will give them a close up look at the electoral process. Maybe a little too close?…Regardless, a changing of the guard is needed as the country’s poll workers age out.