Safe Elections Project

The opportunity for every American to vote in a free and fair election is at risk. Because of COVID-19, the older Americans who typically carry most of the burden of keeping our polling places open must stand down this year to protect their health. Unless younger Americans step up, the resulting shortage of poll workers could mean closed polling places and long delays in communities across the country.

The Campus Compact Safe Elections Project is enlisting and training 300 Student Recruiters this summer to recruit their fellow students as poll workers for the November 2020 election. Student Recruiters are trained to be effective digital organizers and educators about the importance of poll workers for our democracy. Campus Compact is proud to partner with Power the Polls to recruit a new wave of poll workers to ensure a safe, secure, healthy, and fair election for all.

Applications for Student Recruiters are currently closed. We saw enormous interest in the project, and appreciate the wave of applicants from institutions across the country.

How You Can Help
Learn more about some steps you can take as a campus leader to help ensure a safe and fair election this November.

September 2 @ 3pm Eastern
Learn more about Campus Compact’s Safe Elections Project and the critical role students can play in ensuring a safe, fair, and accessible election this November. Hear more about how you can encourage student participation, help enlist them as poll workers, and advocate for institutional policies that support students who take on this vital role.

A statement from the Campus Compact Board of Directors:

In support of efforts across the United States to address the critical shortage of poll workers in the face of COVID-19, the Campus Compact Board of Directors calls upon every college and university to enact policies identifying service as a poll worker as a legitimate reason for students to be absent from class on primary and general election days in the fall of 2020.

Want to pitch in?
Sign up at Power the Polls to become a poll worker in your area. Enter your information into their online form, and local election officials will get in touch with you to complete enrollment.

Want to find out more?
This informational webinar offers more details about the program, including an introduction to the importance of poll workers for safe elections, requirements for student recruiters, and more details about how you can get involved.

Campus Compact takes the public safety risks associated with in-person elections during COVID seriously and encourages all poll workers to take responsibility to ensure they have proper PPE while serving. For questions and concerns related to coronavirus and serving as a poll worker, please contact your local elections office. Campus Compact is not liable for the health or safety of poll workers who sign up via the Safe Elections Project.

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