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Poll Workers Throughout the Ages

Throughout the years, democracy has been threatened in countless ways. However, the integrity of the U.S. 2020 presidential election was threatened by the dramatic spread of COVID-19. Due to these irregular circumstances, the 2020 election saw both a record number of early voters and mail-in ballots, and these ballots were counted by a large influx of younger poll workers. According to the Election Assistance Commission, poll workers over the age of 60 make up the majority of volunteers for early voting and Election Day. However, the risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19 increases with age, so, young people across the nation decided to step up and take the places of those who could not afford to risk contracting coronavirus.

Every two years, the EAC administers the Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) in order to conduct research on how the most recent election was conducted. This report includes the average age of poll workers, degree of difficulty finding poll volunteers, and much more. Unfortunately, the data for the 2020 general election is not available at the moment, and it will likely not be available until Nov. 2021. However, by compiling data from the previous two elections and applying the circumstances at which the 2020 election took place, it can be easy to predict how the data will look in the next EAVS report.

View an interactive data illustration of the changes here.

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