Despite the pandemic, East Bay residents stepped up as poll workers and watchers in record numbers

Over the last four years, the word unprecedented has been called into action so frequently (and also mangled, by a notable Twitter user who complained in 2016 about China’s “unpresidented” actions) that it might seem charitable to let the overworked, mistreated adjective rest. But here’s another instance where we need it: The number of Bay Area citizens who applied to serve as in-person poll workers and poll watchers this year, in the midst of a pandemic, was—that’s right—unprecedented.…


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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