Hilary Crow Hilary Crow
Vice President, Civics, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation


April 26, 2024


I’m someone who sees a problem and immediately wants to jump in and figure out a solution, so I was thrilled when I was confirmed as a nonpartisan volunteer for the Virginia primary last month.

The outcome? A profoundly positive and enlightening experience.

From the moment I stepped into the precinct on election day, I was greeted with a sense of purpose and community. Surrounded by fellow volunteers who shared a passion for civic engagement, I quickly realized that this was more than just a day of service—it was an opportunity to connect with my community.

We came from different walks of life, representing various ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Yet, united by a common goal, we worked together to ensure the smooth operation of the polling place. Despite the long hours, an unwavering positivity and camaraderie persisted throughout the day.

As a volunteer poll worker, I had the chance to see and participate firsthand in the inner workings of our electoral system. From setting up voting machines to assisting voters with registration and ballots, every task was a learning opportunity. I gained a newfound appreciation for the intricate processes that underpin our democracy and the meticulous attention to detail required to uphold its integrity.

As someone with a passion for civics, what truly stood out to me was the spirit of democracy in action. As voters streamed in throughout the day, I was inspired by their enthusiasm and sense of civic duty. Whether they were first-time voters or seasoned participants, each individual reaffirmed the fundamental principle that every voice matters in shaping our collective future.

As the day ended and the last ballot was cast, I couldn't help but reflect on the significance of our collective efforts. Through our small but meaningful contributions, we played a part in upholding the democratic process and ensuring that every eligible voter had the opportunity to make their voice heard.

To anyone considering volunteering as an election worker, I wholeheartedly encourage you to take the leap. Not only will it help ensure that elections can take place in your area, but you'll also gain invaluable insights and reaffirm your faith in the power of community.

My experience filled me with optimism and an even deeper trust in our democratic system. 

I’m already looking forward to my next opportunity to serve. I hope I’ll see you out there.

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About the authors

Hilary Crow

Hilary Crow

Hilary is head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s The Civic Trust®.

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