ATL Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Gives City Workers Paid Leave To Volunteer As Poll Workers
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms wants enough poll workers, signed an executive order Thursday
I’ve issued an Executive Order allowing City employees to take paid leave to volunteer as poll workers. Thank you to @WhenWeAllVote & @MichelleObama for hosting #FueltheVote in ATL. We are inspired by the chance to strengthen our country and democracy. Our vote is our voice. pic.twitter.com/90BFYFlyGm— Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) October 1, 2020
She signed an executive order Thursday declaring that Atlanta city employees can take paid leave for one day if they volunteer as poll workers.
Atlanta can do better
The city was the focus of national embarrassment in May when a lack of poll workers led to horrendously long lines at various polling places, but Mayor Bottoms wants Atlanta to do better.
Poll workers are often senior citizens who have the time to volunteer. Many decided not to serve this year due to the threat of the COVID pandemic.
Mayor Bottoms announced the signing of the executive order on Twitter, writing, “I’ve issued an Executive Order allowing City employees to take paid leave to volunteer as poll workers.We are inspired by the chance to strengthen our country and democracy. Our vote is our voice.”
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