Tuesday to dawn as National Poll Worker Recruitment Day
It's also National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day, for unknown reason
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Tuesday will be National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day — but that’s not all.
In fact, Sept. 1 has a much more serious raison d’etre: It’s also National Poll Worker Recruitment Day, when elections offices in the city of La Crosse, the state of Wisconsin and throughout the land set high priorities for soliciting poll volunteers.
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission created the recruitment day to raise awareness about the benefits and importance of poll working and inspire more Americans to volunteer.
Anyone interested in helping in the city of La Crosse can go to the city’s website and check out opportunities on the Elections page. Click on the position of interest, complete the form and email it to the City Clerk’s Office, according to City Clerk Teri Lehrke.
“Wisconsin needs thousands of its citizens to step up and become poll workers for November,” said Meagan Wolfe, the Badger State’s chief election official. “We know there are Wisconsinites looking for ways to serve their communities through this difficult time.”
Working at polls is a good way for state, county or municipal employees; students or people looking for temporary work, “municipal clerks need you to make a difference,” Wolfe said.
“Working the polls on Election Day is a great way to strengthen our democracy, participate in the democratic process, and make it easier for vulnerable people to stay home,” Wolfe said.
For a November general election, as is coming up on Nov. 3, Wisconsin municipalities typically need about 30,000 poll workers, she said.
Municipal clerks are primarily responsible for recruiting and training their own poll workers, but
Wolfe said the WEC is working with state partners to publicize increasing needs for poll workers.
Because significant numbers of people who have been serving as poll workers their 60s, 70s and 80s or have health conditions that make them at higher risk to COVID-19, clerks experienced shortages at elections in April, May and August, Wolfe said.
In the Aug. 11 partisan primary, clerks in 40 counties and 141 municipalities were more than 700 workers short. The Wisconsin National Guard was able to deploy service members in civilian clothes to fill those gaps, but there is no guarantee they will be available in November, Wolfe said.
National Poll Worker Recruitment Day aims to address the critical shortage of poll workers, inspire greater civic engagement and volunteerism and help ensure free and fair elections in November and beyond, Wolfe said.
To sign up, anyone interested should contact the municipal clerk’s office or visit the MyVote
Wisconsin website, she said.
As for National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day, it is an offbeat recognition of words that do not rhyme with any other words in the English language, according to the National Day Calendar website.
September celebrates many random days, the website notes, adding that this observance focuses on specific words.
“Words that don’t rhyme with any other word are called refractory rhymes,” the website says. “Poets reason that avoiding these words helps keep their poetry consistent. However, refractory words only interrupt poems where rhyme and reason matter.”
More whimsical poets eschew rhymes anyway, just penning poems that suit their moods, according to the site.
The site lists these words as unable to be rhymed: orange, month, silver, spirit, chimney, purple, woman, ninth and pint.
Another website, timeanddate.com, explains that it’s a humorous, unofficial holiday dedicated to the English language idiom meaning something that occurs without any purpose or explanation.
Neither site can pinpoint the origins for the day — almost as if there’s no rhyme nor reason for its existence.
The National Day Calendar site suggests that the perfect way to mark the day is to make a list of words that you believe cannot be rhymed, and check if you are correct. Use #NoRhymeNorReasonDay to post on social media.
Perhaps write a poem about poll workers.
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