EAC Election Worker Best Practices Competition
This week the U.S. Election Assistance Commission announced the winners of its Election Worker Best Practices Competition. The national contest sought to identify and honor the best poll worker management practices from around the country. Election officials submitted their best practices in the form of videos, websites, training guides, and narratives to the EAC. The EAC then facilitated a review process in which a group of seven state and local election officials judged the entries based on five criteria: (1) innovativeness, (2) effectiveness, (3) sustainability, (4) cost effectiveness, and (5) potential for replication.
The winners of the EAC Election Worker Best Practices Competition are:
Champions of Democracy (Franklin County, Ohio): an innovative campaign that recruits and trains poll workers at local businesses.
Election Official Resource Portal (New Hanover County, North Carolina): an online portal that provides an up-to-date centralized clearinghouse of poll worker duties and responsibilities.
Practice Makes Perfect Lab (Brevard County, Florida): a cutting edge and replicable hands-on and self-paced training program that has trained over 1,700 poll workers.
The Precinct Performance Report (Montgomery County Maryland): a pragmatic assessment and adjustment program where the performance of individual precincts is used to shape the following year’s trainings and resource allocation.
Youth at the Booth (YATB) and Partners in Democracy (Hamilton County, Ohio): YATB is an initiative that pairs young and old poll workers together to create a comprehensive staff of poll workers. Partners in Democracy is an initiative that encourages businesses and agencies to give their employees a “day off for democracy” where they may work as poll workers.
AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards
Through the AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) recognizes outstanding emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community. Two individuals will each receive $2,500 in recognition of their outstanding contributions and $7,500 to further a new or existing initiative that increases the political and economic power of people with disabilities. The recipients of the AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards are honored among national disability leaders each year at the AAPD Leadership Awards Gala in Washington, DC. Application.