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Work the polls as a volunteer Nov. 4

September 18, 2008

ASU faculty, staff and students all are encouraged to volunteer as poll workers for the Nov. 4 U.S. general election, which is expected to draw a record voter turnout. ASU has joined eight other major Valley employers in taking Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer’s corporate challenge to encourage employees to volunteer.

The state needs more than 14,000 poll workers to staff the more than 2,200 polling places throughout the state, 1,139 of which are in Maricopa County. ASU staff members who want to volunteer first must obtain approval from their supervisors, who are encouraged to make every effort to accommodate as many requests as feasible on a first-come, first-served basis. Faculty members interested in volunteering can only do so if it does not conflict with their university responsibilities and should alert their department chairs if they choose to volunteer.

Although ASU will not pay employees who volunteer, they will receive up to $100 for their service from the secretary of state. A full day’s absence will be necessary for this volunteer opportunity. Employees who accrue vacation time may use vacation hours on this day.

To become a poll worker, each person must be a U.S. citizen, a registered voter and also attend a short training session. To sign up or to get more information, visit the secretary of state's Web site,, or call (877) 843-8683.