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S. 4540: Poll Worker Recruitment Act of 2020

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About the bill

Letting them leap from one town to another would be quite the poll vault.


When you vote, there’s at least one person — and usually more than one person — volunteering to help out. They’re the people who cross-check your name and address with the database of registered voters, ensure that your ballot is properly counted in the tabulating machine, and get the results to the elections office as quickly as possible after the polls close.

The pandemic throws a curveball when trying to adequately staff poll workers for Election Day. More than half of these volunteers in 2016 were older than 60, also the age group most at risk for death from COVID-19.

What the bill does

The Poll Worker Recruitment Act would allow every poll worker to ...

Sponsor and status

Jeff Merkley

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Oregon. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 8, 2020
Length: 2 pages
Sep 8, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Sep 8, 2020

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on September 8, 2020. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

1% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Sep 8, 2020

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S. 4540 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 4540. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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