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WSHU's guide of where, when and how to vote in Connecticut during the 2020 election.

Connecticut Makes Pitch For Lawyers To Be Poll Workers

In this Feb. 26, 2020 file photo, using both the English and Spanish language, a sign points potential voters to an official polling location during early voting in Dallas.
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In this Feb. 26, 2020 file photo, using both the English and Spanish language, a sign points potential voters to an official polling location during early voting in Dallas.

Connecticut election officials and the state bar association are recruiting lawyers and law school students to volunteer as poll workers in the upcoming election.

It’s part of a nationwide push from the American Bar Association to use lawyers and law school students to get efficient and accurate election results.

Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill spoke — alongside lawyers and elections officials in other states — in a video released by the American Bar Association.

“We are launching a poll worker recruitment among lawyers because lawyers are ideally suited to be poll workers. And this is a tremendous civic duty that we all have to participate.”

Officials say they anticipate a shortage of poll workers due to concerns over COVID-19. Volunteer poll workers tend to be older and could fall into high-risk categories for the virus.