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Project | 2-4 Weeks

Election Worker Profile


OVERVIEW

Who oversees our elections?

Election worker profile1

Free and fair elections– where citizens trust the processes and the outcomes– are vital to democracy. However, election workers in the U.S. are increasingly concerned about false information being spread on social media and by politicians who claim the 2020 election was stolen.

More than half of election workers recently surveyed by the Brennan Center for Justice feel that threats against them have increased, with one in six reporting that they have personally experienced threats.

Who are the people who oversee elections, and how do they ensure the process is fair and secure? What do they want the public to know about how elections work?

Meet your community’s election workers

In the U.S. there is not one unified national system for administering elections. Instead, they are largely run largely at the local level. In this activity you will reach out to local election worker and produce a 2-3 minute video profile of someone who has been administering elections for a long time (approximately 5 years or more), who can speak about the work they do and explain what they’ve witnessed over that time period in terms of public faith in how elections work.

Think about timing: Election day this year is Tuesday November 8, 2022. The sooner you reach out to an election worker the better, since they will likely be busier as election day approaches.

To complete the entire assignment, go HERE.

Human Interest

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Empathy

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Video profile

The story of one person, has voiceover (VO), b-roll, pictures, nats (natural sound), interviews of family members or peers of that one person.

Subject

The main person or character in a story. There can be multiple subjects in a story. The subject can also be the main theme of your story.

Topics

Active Prompts

Civics

Elections

Levels

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Materials

Camera or Mobile Phone

Camera

Mobile Phone

Estimated Time

2-4 Weeks