Election Day of Service

Meeting America's Urgent Need for the 2020 Election


The Civic Alliance is activating 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, aims to identify hundreds of thousands new poll workers to support safe and secure elections this November.


Across the country, elections officials are sounding the alarm about potential poll worker shortages and shuttered polling places in November. Even as states rush to expand mail voting options, more than half the U.S. electorate is expected to vote in person this year.

Top elections experts have suggested that as many as 500,000 new poll workers and elections volunteers may be required to keep the polls open, and thousands of new polling locations will be needed nationwide.

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

Social distancing reduces the capacity of existing polling places. Health concerns will make 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 will increase stress at all levels of the election system.
Many poll workers who served in previous elections will choose 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 age 60, and a quarter were over 70.


The Civic Alliance is committed to safe voting options and access to the polls for all Americans. With a membership representing more than 200 of America’s leading companies and a reach of over 3 million employees, we are here to answer the call for additional poll workers this November.

Our national Election Day of Service encourages our members and other businesses to support safe, healthy and accessible elections.

There are 3 ways companies can partner with us:

  1. 1

    Recruit employees and consumers to serve as poll workers.

    Encourage your employees and consumers or other external audiences to sign up to participate in necessary training and serve as elections or poll workers on Election Day. Consider hosting your company-wide day of service on Election Day or providing employees with extra time off to serve. (Even all-mail voting states need help!)

  2. 2

    Donate to ensure polling locations have PPE.

    Help keep polling locations safe during the pandemic by making a donation to supply them with disposable gloves and masks.

  3. 3

    Offer safe spaces for voting.

    Provide your publicly accessible space to local elections officials as a safe and secure polling place or ballot drop-off location.

  4. *

    Reminder: Give your employees time to vote

To participate in the Election Day of Service, simply commit to at least one of the actions above and join the Civic Alliance below.

Join Here

To learn more, or for Member companies who want to participate, email service@civicalliance.com

Election Day of Service is being 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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