New Taskforce Set to Address the Need for Election Workers
Due to rising tensions, the job is getting harder to staff
A bipartisan task force on the national level was recently formed to study and develop ways to prepare future election workers. This comes as many are leaving the profession at a record pace.
"Elections are becoming increasingly complex. It used to be a pretty simple task, really, when we voted on punch cards when we did a lot of things by paper, but more and more technology is being introduced into the election process," said Aaron Ockerman, the executive director of the Ohio Association of Election Officials. "And that's a good thing, but it does make it more challenging."
Ockerman said that is in addition to the fact that these days, election workers now face threats and skepticism about how they do their jobs. This is something he said makes the job tough, thereby prompting people to leave their jobs.
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