Iowa Secretary of State Launches Campaign to Highlight Importance of Poll Workers

With elections on the horizon, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has launched a public awareness campaign in support of poll workers.

Election workers have faced interference and harassment at some polling places around the country. Pate calls poll workers the backbone of democratically sound elections in Iowa. The public awareness campaign is aimed at recruiting poll workers, and making sure voters understand how crucial these Iowans are to the success of free and fair elections. Pate says it also will help guarantee accurate voting results…

As the political climate in America has become more partisan and divisive, poll workers have faced harassment during some elections around the country. Pate says it’s not just the people voters typically see watching over the ballot boxes…

Pate adds Iowa poll workers have not faced harassment for the most part, and credits the awareness campaign with recruiting and retaining more of them in Iowa, as well as bringing back the ones who were sidelined by the COVID pandemic.

City and school elections take place next Tuesday, November 7th.