Our Democracy Depends On It: Why Young People Should Consider Becoming Poll Workers

This blog post was originally published in Blavity on November 6th 2019.

Evan Malbrough Vote Everywhere Ambassador

Evan Malbrough, Andrew Goodman Ambassador

In 2018, college students’ participation in the Midterm Elections doubled from 2014, as reported in Democracy Counts 2018, a study conducted by Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education. This amazing news reinforces what I already know to be true: the millennial and Gen Z generations are passionate about participating in our political system. Many organizations and movements push students to register, vote and participate in elections at all levels, but to save our democracy, young people, particularly young Black Americans, need to be even more involved. One little known — and vital — way for us to participate in and protect our democracy is to serve as poll workers.