A political science professor in northeast Iowa spent Tuesday working as a precinct chair for a polling site in Dubuque. Christopher Budzisz says he was definitely the youngest poll worker at his location.
“I’m really not that young, I’m 44 now,” Budzisz said. “But, I’m still young for a poll worker.” Most people who volunteer to serve as poll workers are retired Iowans in their 60s, 70s, or 80s. Budzisz, a professor at Loras College, is encouraging all Iowa voters to consider working as a precinct election official.
“It’s a great experience. It’s service for the community, but it’s also a great opportunity to take part in the democratic process,” Budzisz said. Budzisz says being a poll worker helps keep him updated on the very latest election laws – and provides good fodder for his college classes.