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How These First-Time Poll Workers Are Fighting for Democracy

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

Vouge, Emma Specter:

Tesh, a junior at UNC Asheville who recently helped plan a campus event celebrating 100 years since the 19th Amendment was ratified: I am a Democracy Fellow with the Campus Vote Project, which was a really cool opportunity to be presented with. I was doing a brainstorming session on different ways to encourage voter engagement on campus. This year, I think I’m finally going to work the polls because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Many of the people who normally do it won’t be able to this year, so I really made it a key part of all the work that I have been doing on campus and tried to really encourage a lot of students to sign up for it. I try to acknowledge the privilege that I have to be able to work the polls; I’m pretty young, I’m not high risk. And I think this election is incredibly important. I would hate for lack of workers to shut polling places down so people wouldn’t be able to go there to easily cast their vote. And I think it is a passion thing because I am a political science major, but I would do it even if I had to skip classes because it’s just really important to me.

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