As COVID-19 causes older poll workers to drop out, younger people are stepping up to help

Pulaski County's goal is 960 people to work the polls on election day.

By Mandy Hrach

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) — Election day is just over one month away, but many of the country's older and experienced poll workers are canceling plans to work due to the coronavirus.

Arkansas is no exception, and that's why younger people are stepping up to help.

"There's quite a few over the age of 80, and a lot are in their '60s and '70s," poll volunteer worker for Pulaski County Kerri Jackson-Case said. "I saw a post about the need for election workers, and there were a lot of workers even before COVID that were aging out of the volunteer process.

Pulaski County Election Commission Director Bryan Poe says they've lost about a third of the people who worked during the primary election in March. Since then, he says the commission has received over 1,000 applications from those interested in working the polls. READ MORE.

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