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During the June 9 primary election, Georgia voters experienced long lines, extreme delays, equipment malfunctions, and other problems with in-person voting caused by a significant shortage of well-trained poll workers. Many Georgia poll workers dropped out due to pandemic-related concerns, and those that remained lacked hands-on training with Georgia’s newly implemented voting system technology. Procedural blind spots resulted in an improper use of provisional ballots, failure to legally cancel absentee ballots for in-person voters, and early closures of polling locations.
Leading up to and on November 3, Georgia voters will again cast their ballots in the general election. In order to prevent a recurrence of similar voting obstacles, the ACLU of Georgia has been working to recruit and prepare qualified poll workers and aims to be a source of information for all poll workers preparing for Election Day.
Read more about the ACLU-GA Poll Worker Recruitment Program.
Read our latest report which details our recommendations for county election officials based on the insight of ACLU-GA poll workers.
Poll workers in Georgia may use the resources below to prepare for working the polls on November 3.
POLL WORKER RESOURCES
About being a Poll Worker:
- Click here for Poll Worker Requirements
Sign Up to be a Poll Worker in your county!
- Prepare for Election Day with ACLU-GA’s Important Points Presentation.
- ACLU of Georgia's Poll Worker Q&A Session
- ACLU of Georgia's Provisional Ballot Session
- Check out ACLU-GA’s Poll Worker Preparation Checklist for Election Day
- 10 Things Every Georgia Poll Worker Should Know - All Voting is Local
- For more information on the role of the Poll Worker, see the Georgia Poll Worker Manual (pages 4-5)
- Adopt a Poll Program Partnership Agreement
County Specific Information:
- Complete List of Drop Box Locations in Georgia Counties
- Complete List of Early Voting Locations in Georgia Counties
Opening Your Precinct:
- See pages 6-42 in the Georgia Poll Worker Manual
- Poll Pad Set Up
- Cyberpower UPS System Set Up
- Opening Procedures for Poll Pads
- Opening Procedure for Standalone Ballot Scanner
- Secretary of State’s Video on Opening the Polls
- Be prepared to process several types of non-standard voters. For an overview, check out this graphic: ACLU-GA Types of Non-Standard Voters You May Encounter
- Important Points to know about Voter Identification
- Complete Procedures for Processing Voters on the Poll Pad
- See pages 43-68 in the Georgia Poll Worker Manual
- Secretary of State’s Video on Poll Pads and Voter Certificates
- Secretary of State’s Video on the Supplemental Voter List
- Voting on the ICX BMD
Provisional Ballot Information
- Anyone who cannot vote by regular ballot has the right to vote by provisional ballot. Unless the voter’s ballot has already been cast during early voting or their absentee ballot has been received, no voter should leave the polling place without casting a ballot. Use these resources to properly administer provisional ballots. If a voter has to cast a provisional ballot because they could not show acceptable ID, inform the voter that they have three days (until Nov. 6) to contact their board of elections and show acceptable identification.
- Provisional Ballot Guide
- See pages 73-86 in the Georgia Poll Worker Manual
- Secretary of State’s Video on Provisional Ballots
- Provisional Quick Tips
Accommodating Voters with Disabilities & Voter Assistance
- See pages 38-39 in the Georgia Poll Worker Manual
- Secretary of State Video on Accessibility
- National Federation of the Blind: Training the Poll Worker
- ADA Checklist for Polling Places
- National Disability Rights Network: Polling Place Accessibility
Troubleshooting & Technology Support
- See pages 69-72 and 98-102 in the Georgia Poll Worker Manual
- Poll Pad Troubleshooting
- ICP Troubleshooting
- ICX-BMD Troubleshooting
Closing your precinct