In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., District of Columbia residents should exercise their freedom to register to vote, vote, and serve as pollworkers for the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethic (DCBOEE) http://www.dcboee.org/election_info/election_day_worker/edw_step1.asp on Election Day.
As an exemplary American, Dr. King is honored on this day for his service to our country working for equality.
The King Center http://www.thekingcenter.org/Default.aspx is promoting A Day of Service to the community. I believe the Day of Service should be extended to include two more days for serving as pollworkers for the two regularly scheduled elections to be held later this year – the September 14 Primary and the November 2 General Elections.
It is through the volunteer efforts of D.C. registered voters that elections in our city run smoothly. DCBOEE always needs help to ensure the conduct of transparent and error-free elections.
Sixteen and 17 year old high school students can also work on Election Day through the Youth Pollworker Program http://www.dcboee.org/pdf_files/Youth_Pollworker_Application.pdf.
All pollworkers are paid a stipend for their volunteer efforts.
Community service was always a part of Dr. King’s messages and there is no better way to celebrate his life and legacy than to exercise our freedom to vote and to serve at the polls on Election Day.