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I’m a lawyer and I’m here to help’
New CLE program encourages Ohio attorneys to serve as poll workers

By M. Mindy Moretti
electionline.org

“I’m a lawyer and I’m here to help,” are words that could potentially strike fear into any election official’s heart, but in Cuyahoga County, Ohio it’s music to county election officials’ ears.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has long relied on using attorneys as poll workers (poll election officials (POEs) as they are referred to in Ohio) at some of it’s more than 325 polling places countywide.

Now a new program spearheaded by the Ohio secretary of state’s office and the Ohio Association of Election Officials, in conjunction with the Ohio Supreme Court is helping Cuyahoga and other counties recruit more of them.

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