Wanted: Bilingual poll workers who reflect U.S. diversity

The national Mi Familia Vota organization has long been involved in voting rights issues and other matters of civic engagement, but this year it’s added a new initiative: Recruiting bilingual poll workers. The Phoenix-based group is joining advocacy organizations, nonprofits, and even businesses across the U.S. is trying to persuade younger people to work at polling places, especially those who are bilingual. The coronavirus has upended how election officials recruit poll workers, who are typically older and thus more susceptible to becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.

Johnny Thompson

Johnny Thompson is a senior reporter for Generator Research in Los Angeles, reporting on technology, business, finances, and more. He previously worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and got his start at newspapers in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

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