Our Democracy For All team works to connect voters to available resources should they encounter challenges when voting, whether from home, in-person before Election Day, at their polling location, or when they register and vote on the same day. We also serve and recruit volunteer poll observers and challengers who receive training from our partners at ACLU of Michigan and the NAACP of Michigan. The observations and issues we’ve encountered throughout the election period also help inform our clerk engagement work.
In 2020, our Democracy For All team led a partner coalition in collaboration with the Secretary of State’s office to address poll worker challenges, providing education about how to contact clerks, the poll worker application process and key resources regarding voting laws. In 2021, our team will work in partnership with local clerks to re-engage our poll worker recruits to ensure well-trained and sufficient staffing at our polling locations. We will also support the recruitment and training of nonpartisan poll observers and challengers for Election Day and throughout the counting and certification process.