Surge of Michigan students volunteer for election

Video Credit: Reuters - Politics
Published on October 23, 2020 - Duration: 01:53s

Surge of Michigan students volunteer for election

Michigan officials launched a campaign aiming to recruit 30,000 poll workers for the November 3rd election, resulting in an overwhelming response from students at the University of Michigan and other colleges around the state.

Lisa Bernhard produced this report.

Advertisement

Surge of Michigan students volunteer for election

A shortage of poll workers due to public health concerns has prompted college students across the country to step up and volunteer for the November 3rd election – especially in Michigan, where an effort to recruit 30,000 workers resulted in an overwhelming response from students at the University of Michigan and other colleges around the state.

Nineteen-year-old Annika Helenberger is a first-time voter and public health student at the University of Michigan, who volunteered to work at the city clerk’s on-campus satellite office where students, faculty and staff can vote.

"I think a really important part of elections, and then just democracy in general, is accessibility and making things easier for everyone to vote because everyone's vote matters and I want everyone to feel that way.

So, when I heard about the satellite office opportunity and just being able to work with the election in general, I thought it was a great way for me to be an active citizen towards things." The need for poll workers in swing state Michigan is critical as the state has implemented a law, passed in 2018, that allows voters to request absentee ballots without giving any reason.

A record 3 million absentee ballots were requested for the general election.

That’s a lot of counting for folks like Ann Arbor city clerk Jacqueline Beaudry and her staff – particularly challenging given that many older workers who’ve volunteered in years past have chosen to stay home out of concern for their health.

"A lot of young people have offered to help us with the satellite office and also to help count ballots on Election Day.

So, where we did have some gaps, we were able, with the university's help, to recruit a lot of new young workers." College students also helped with the additional prep, which included inserting plexiglass between staff and voters – as, despite the challenging times, historic voter turnout is expected.

You are here


💡 One News Page Knowledge: Other News Mentions

Michigan

State of the United States of America
Pam Warfle had to leave her autistic son in the hospital with COVID-19. She begged to stay, to no avail. Then her mom got the virus, too.
 
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 1 day ago

Michigan lost to Penn State and is 2-4 under coach Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines top the list of this week's winners and losers in college football.
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 2 days ago

The incident caused a national uproar and soul-searching in the Grand Rapids, Mich., police department. Honestie died of Covid-19.
Credit: NYTimes.com - Published 6 days ago

The state of Pennsylvania certified its election results Tuesday, as Gov. Tom Wolf signed off on the slate of 20 electors and solidified President-elect Joe..
6 days ago • WorldNews



Related videos from verified sources

University of Michigan Students "Stay In Place" Amid COVID-19 Cases 00:37
Video credit: Wochit - Published on October 22, 2020 

University Of Michigan COVID Order 00:11
Video credit: CBS 2 Chicago - Published on October 20, 2020 

You might like