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LA County to Require COVID Vaccines on Election Workers Ahead of 2022 Midterms

Residents are concerned about the lack of medical and religious exemption

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Those planning on becoming election workers for the County of Los Angeles will be required to submit their applications early on before being approved for training, but most importantly, must submit digital proof of their COVID vaccines.

There are several options on how to help by becoming an election worker in the 2022 midterms. However, as soon as applications log in, they are asked whether they are “fully vaccinated.” Those who click “yes” are promptly taken to a portal where their personal information is required, including proof of COVID vaccines.

Those who select ‘no’ are hit with the following message: “If you are not fully vaccinated or did not attach a copy of your vaccination card, you will not be able to apply.”

El American has reached out to the county’s Registrar’s Office asking if this was a county decision or statewide guidance from the Democratic Governor or Department of Health, and if they would allow exemptions from people who have a religious or medical condition as a reason for not being vaccinated.

The county however did not answer these questions, only stating: “community election workers are volunteers and under the vaccination policy adopted by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”

El American checked the San Francisco and San Diego County election worker websites to see if other large counties in California are doing the same but could not find the vaccine requirement to work the 2022 midterm elections.

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We emailed the City again asking for clarification on exemptions, as the website does not allow exemption forms to be submitted, even if cleared by a medical professional.

At this point, it seems only fully vaccinated volunteers will be allowed to work all LA County election sites, raising the question of whether this practice is discriminatory based on a residents’ health status.

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