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LA County Sees A Surge Of Young People Stepping Up To Be Poll Workers, But Some Volunteers Are Left Disappointed

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A sign outside a Los Angeles County vote center in Palmdale, CA on May 3, 2020. Libby Denkmann for LAist
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Close to 17,000 workers are needed to operate L.A. County vote centers for the general election, and the Registrar-Recorder’s office says it’s already nearing its recruitment goal.

The county focused on enlisting election workers at local colleges — and has already blown through its goal for applications, according to Supervisor Janice Hahn.

“We are making a much more concerted effort this year to recruit young people to be election workers, and it is paying off,” Hahn said.

But many would-be election volunteers say they’re still waiting to hear back about their applications. Some may have hit a technical roadbump when the county introduced a new online portal on Sept. 3.

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