Pitch from Political Opposites, Other Efforts Help Ohio Attract Poll Workers
Ohio’s current secretary of state says 56,789 people are trained and ready to be poll workers this year.
Just five counties—Ashtabula, Greene, Jackson, Pike, and Vinton—have not yet met their minimum number of poll workers.
Bob Taft, former Republican governor of Ohio, and Sherrod Brown, current Democratic senator, got together virtually in one of many efforts initiated to encourage people to work the polls.
“We’re joining together for the most ambitious crossover event in Ohio history: this PSA,” Taft and Brown said in a video.
A little humor between old foes is meant to encourage young people to become poll workers.
The secretary of state's office reports that since the primary, recruitment efforts have led to more than 148,000 people being referred to county boards of elections for their consideration and training.
Brown and Taft both previously served as secretary of state, and Brown says that’s why he’s confident about how things will go Tuesday.
“We have an election system built by people like Bob Taft and me and others who were nonpartisan secretaries of state," Brown said. "I think the votes will be counted properly.”
Brown urges people to not only make a plan to vote themselves, but to check with friends and family to make sure they too cast a ballot.