Ohio Poll Monitoring 2020

Non-partisan volunteers are needed to assist voters and ensure safe and accessible elections. Poll monitors are needed to stand outside of polling places to answer voter questions, distribute fliers with voter education, and report problems to the Election Protection Hotline. The public health crisis is changing our elections and our Election Protection program. Modifications are available if you wish to monitor the polls from your car.

Additional minimal-contact” volunteer opportunities also include Election Ambassador and Social Media Monitor.

This effort is led by the Ohio Voter Rights Coalition, a network of nonpartisan voter advocates including ACLU of Ohio, All Voting is Local, Common Cause Ohio, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law, League of Women Voters of Ohio, and more.

Our priority will be covering polling locations, which have historically had the most problems in: Akron, Athens, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown.

Poll Monitor Requirements:  
  1. Participate in this 90 minute online training
  2. Complete a minimum 3 hour shift assignment on Election Day or a 2 hour shift assignment during the early voting period.

Poll Monitor Election Day Duties:

  • Distribute “Know Your Rights” cards to voters
  • Answer basic questions from voters such as ID requirements
  • Assist voters in finding their correct precinct, and
  • Report back to regional command center any problems that need to be resolved such as a polling location not opening on time or pattern of poll worker error.

Training will cover: how to answer common voter questions, how to assist voters through the voting process, how to communicate problems to the Election Protection Hotline, and modifications for monintoring the polls from your car.

Register to attend one of the trainings below:

Early Vote Poll Monitoring

Election Day Poll Monitoring

Contact camille@ohvoice.org with questions.

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Columbus, OH