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Poll Workers Vital Backbone Of Successful Election

For Immediate Release
October 6, 2008

Poll Workers the “Vital Backbone” of Successful Elections

League Of Women Voters Encourages Citizens To Lend A Hand On Election Day

Washington, DC- League of Women Voters president Mary G. Wilson emphasized the critical need for poll workers in this high-intensity election year:

“For months, we have been hearing that this November 4th could break voter turnout records in communities from coast to coast. We couldn’t be more thrilled that so many millions of Americans are expected to come out to express their most important democratic right.

“At the same time, we know that the race could be extremely tight—and lines extremely long—in many states. That is why we are working hand in hand with election officials nationwide to ensure they are prepared for any situation on Election Day.

“But there is more to be done. I’m calling upon all available Americans to serve as poll workers on November 4th by visiting and selecting your state. It is the most important thing you can do to help make sure your voices—and those of your neighbors and loved ones---are heard in this historic year.

“Well-trained poll workers are the vital backbone of successful elections. From helping new voters navigate the process, to ensuring all votes are counted fairly and accurately, they truly do make democracy work.

“Too much is at stake to risk even a single voter being turned away because of long lines, confusion over the rules, or other problems at the polling place. That is why a well-staffed Election Day workforce is so important. I urge all Americans to consider serving as a poll worker, and visit to learn about getting involved in your state."

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership in the League is open to men and women of all ages.


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