WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Secretary of State is asking younger adults to step up and fill in for those who are most susceptible to the virus.
Though mail-in ballots are an option, many voters will be at the polls come November 3.
Secretary of State Paul Pate posted a video earlier this month with hopes of getting more applications from those who are younger, as more older employees have already declined working this year.
We spoke with Black Hawk County Auditor Grant Veeder and he is already seeing an increase in younger applicants to work the polls this coming election day.
"This effort has been ongoing and were seeing good success," Grant Veeder said. "It’s heartwarming to see how many people want to do what they can to help democracy, even though there’s a threat of a dangerous pandemic out there."
Some of the elderly workers that have previously worked the polls have been re-applying, but many have declined.
Local leaders hope that this initiative continues to bring people to the polls, whether they are working them, or voting at them.
"We hope that this isn’t just a one time thing, that people will continue to be available to work at the polls in the future," Veeder said.
There are only 49 days until the general election, so applicants are being asked to apply sooner rather than later.
You can apply online here.