Election Day of Service

Meeting America's Urgent Need for the 2020 Election

What

The Civic Alliance is activated its network of corporate members and encouraging all companies to address the country’s urgent need for new poll workers and safe, accessible elections in 2020.

Through our Election Day of Service initiative, the Civic Alliance, in collaboration with our partners, identified hundreds of thousands of new poll workers, contributed physical space to vote and donated PPE, to support safe and secure elections.

Why

Across the country, elections officials sounded the alarm about potential poll worker recruitment shortages and shuttered polling places. Even with states having expanded mail voting options, expected turnout was high and in person support was needed.

Top elections officials suggested that as many as 500,000 new poll workers and elections volunteers were required to keep the polls open, and thousands of new polling locations were needed.

Four simultaneous challenges threaten access to safe in-person voting in 2020:

Social distancing reduced the capacity of existing polling places. Health concerns made many buildings - including senior centers, nursing homes, and some schools - unavailable as voting sites.
The need to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and other services (i.e., masks, sanitizer, etc.) to poll workers and voters will require a large number of additional resources and volunteers at polling sites.
Historic turnout increased stress on all levels of the election system.
Many poll workers who served in previous elections chose to opt out in 2020 due to heightened health risks associated with COVID exposure. Nearly half of the 1,000,000 poll workers in the 2016 election were over the age of 60, and a quarter were over 70.

How

Being committed to safe voting options and access to the polls for all Americans, the Civic Alliance membership based of more than 1,000 companies and a reach of over 5 million employees, rallied to support the challenges of the 2020 elections.

To learn more, email service@civicalliance.com

Election Day of Service was developed in collaboration with the following organizations and institutions:

C19 Coalition
Fair Elections Center
Mission for Masks
National League of Cities
Points of Light
Power the Polls
Time to Vote

Election Day of Service Participating Companies:

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