According to former St. Louis County election director Paul DeGregorio, the average age of Election Day poll workers in the United States is 72.
That’s a great age. Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, activist Ralph Nader, and actress Sophia Loren are all about that age.
However, to generate an average age of 72, it is likely that some poll workers are a lot older than 72 and that relatively few poll workers are a lot younger.
With a couple of new voting technologies appearing at polling places in Missouri and with new ID requirements going into effect, I hope that the state’s and City’s election authorities are working hard to recruit and train additional poll workers and poll assistants, including college students and young professionals with some tech savvy.
Voters could use the help — unless, of course, Gen. Schwarzkopf and Ms. Loren are available.