By Patrick Price, Indiana Office of Management and Budget
State and national elections will take place across Indiana on November 3, 2020, and attorneys will be in high demand to help make sure the elections run smoothly. Because of their general problem-solving skills and legal training, attorneys are in a unique position to help ensure the election process is open, fair and complies with the law.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges because poll volunteers tend to be older and potentially in higher risk categories. As a result, the Indiana Supreme Court has unanimously agreed that members of the legal community should support the effort to ensure that polling places are open and adequately staffed. To further encourage involvement of attorneys, the Indiana Supreme Court has provided that up to one hour of attendance for a county poll worker training course can be reported as CLE credit and, in addition, the hours spent working at a polling site may be reported as pro bono hours when completing the 2021 annual registration.
There are variety of roles for lawyers to help with the Marion County Election Board/Clerk’s Office as well as the Republican and Democratic parties. For more information about how you can help, please contact the following individuals:
Election Board/Clerk's Office: Michele Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
Democratic Party, Caroline Ellert: at (317) 637-3366
Republican Party, Thomas John at (317) 979-8588
Helping our elections run as cleanly as possible is a non-partisan issue that should unite lawyers of all political stripes.
Free elections are the bedrock of this great American experiment in democracy. Consent of the governed is closely tied to confidence in the fairness of the process for selecting our leaders.
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