You may have noticed a new banner at the top of your Facebook news feed asking you to be a polling officer by name.
The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, reported on Friday about the social network’s recruitment campaign for election workers. Efforts began with newsfeeds in the US after the post went online. Anyone over the age of 18 and in the US should see a blue button to “Become an Electoral Officer”.
With the presidential election coming up during a pandemic, thousands of jobs for election workers are still unfulfilled, ABC News reported Tuesday. This could affect states̵
Zuckerberg said the news was just a way to encourage people to take the polls. Every state has free ad credits on Facebook to recruit workers. Ads are running in California and other states are joining. These advertisements are not considered political advertisements that the social network no longer accepts one week before election day.
In a move similar to Old Navy, Target, and other companies, Facebook said all U.S. employees can take paid time off to volunteer or take the surveys.
Zuckerberg said Facebook is also trying to get 4 million people to vote (and then vote on November 3). There is a special “Voting Information Center” on every Facebook page where you can find out more about the upcoming elections.