For years, union members have volunteered at the polls to help Americans exercise our sacred right to vote. But this year, there’s a critical shortage of election workers. So we’re partnering with Power the Polls, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to mobilizing volunteer poll workers. Numerous union members have already volunteered to be poll workers, and we'll spotlight a few of them between now and Election Day.
Maria Starr-Van Core is president of the Greater Lansing Area chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). About volunteering as a poll worker, she said: “Polling and election work means that I am able to help educate and inspire a generation of young people to get involved, to express their opinions and ideals by voting, and to stay engaged in their community. An educated voter is more likely to engage others to be involved as well. Each of us can make a difference in our community and our lives by voting.”