GEORGIA NEEDS YOU!
Georgia Attorneys: Serve as a Deputy Registrar!
SIGN UP TO BE AN ACLU OF GEORGIA POLL WORKER!
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 cast their ballots in the general election. In order to prevent a recurrence of similar voting obstacles, the ACLU of Georgia worked to recruit and prepare qualified poll workers and aimed to be a source of information for all poll workers preparing for Election Day.
Continuing this commitment, we are now preparing poll workers for runoff elections in Georgia on December 1, 2020 and January 5, 2021. Poll workers in Georgia may use the resources below to prepare for working the polls during these runoff elections.
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 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 poll working with these materials:
- ACLU-GA’s Important Points for Poll Workers 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
- Map of Drop Box Locations in Georgia Counties - All Voting is Local
- Fulton County Poll Worker Training with ALCU-GA
- Fulton County Provisonal Ballot Quick Tips
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 already been received by their county, no voter should leave the polling place without casting a ballot. Use these resources to properly issue provisional ballots to voters who are unable to vote using the touchscreen unit. However, because a provisional ballot is not guaranteed to be counted, anyone who IS allowed to vote on a touchscreen unit should be allowed to do so. A provisional ballot is the “best last option.” Importantly, if a voter has to cast a provisional ballot because they could not show acceptable ID, inform the voter that they have three days after the election to contact their board of elections and show acceptable identification to “cure” their ballot.
- Provisional Ballot Guide
- See pages 73-86 in the Georgia Poll Worker Manual
- Secretary of State’s Video on Provisional Ballots
- Provisional Quick Tips
- Fulton County Provisional Ballot Quick Tips
Accommodating Voters with Disabilities & Voter Assistance
- In Georgia, any voter with a disability or over the age of 75 who arrives at the polling place between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm does not have to wait in line.
- Voters have a right to voter assistance. Any voter has the right to select someone to join them in the booth to help with vision, reading, or use of voting equipment. This includes bringing in a translator. Voters may select anyone except their employer, agent of their union, a candidate on the ballot, or a family member of the candidate (unless voter requiring assistance is related to the candidate).
- When voting on the touchscreen ballot marking device (BMD), some accessible options are available in the top right corner of the screen, including language, text size, screen reader, high contrast view, and sip and puff technology.
- 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