Official Volunteer Opportunity - Contested Election Observers

Official Volunteer Opportunity - Contested Election Observers

The Committee on House Administration is seeking Congressional staff to volunteer to serve as official nonpartisan observers for the 2020 general election.

This is an opportunity to play an important role in assisting the Committee in executing its responsibilities under the Federal Contested Elections Act. The Committee will provide any staff that sign up to volunteer a short training and then, if need, volunteers may be sent to a Congressional District after the election as an observer. A law degree is helpful, but not required.

As volunteer observers, you will observe the election or post-election counting and certification process and report back to the Committee about any issues that might be relevant to resolve a potential election contest. Previous observer experience is not required.  Volunteers undergo online training provided by Committee staff and receive training manuals consisting of relevant laws, procedures, and other information. As voting processes change across the country due to the pandemic, this role will be more important than ever. Should any particular election ultimately give rise to a contest before the Committee, your on-site observations and contemporaneous fact-finding could be critical to the fair resolution of the contest. You can go here to sign up. If you have any questions, you can contact Committee on House Administration Elections Counsel Georgina Cannan at Georgina.Cannan@mail.house.gov.


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