Shortage of Poll Workers

We keep reading about all the unemployed workers. Why then is it then that employers have such a hard time finding employees? The latest real-life example that the impending shortage of workers is not coming but it is here is the shortage of poll workers for the election in less than 3 days.

According to the Washington Post, With less than two weeks to go, the current crop of aging poll workers falls several hundred thousand short of the 2 million the U.S. Election Assistance Commission says is needed to run a smooth national election…….The commission said the problem is acute in large cities, where there are high concentrations of Democratic and minority voters, and it comes at a time when election officials nationwide are expecting that the close race between President Bush and Democrat John F. Kerry will produce record voter turnout.

State and local officials say the problem has worsened over time as poll workers have grown older; the average age of a poll worker today is 72, according to the commission.

The same thing happened when the government took over security at the airports. The National Association of Manufacturers reports that 80 percent of its member are reporting difficulty in finding enough skilled workers.

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Ira S Wolfe