“Election officials are rarely in the spotlight. They toil day after day, hour after hour in preparation for the several times every year when their voters head to the polls — or their mailboxes — to cast their votes and have their voices heard. Election officials know they have done their job well when, in the aftermath of each election, their names are nowhere to be found in the headlines. The 2020 election placed them at the center of national attention in a way not seen in decades — if ever. A global pandemic brought the systems and people that run elections to the brink. In the face of unprecedented challenges, election administrators buckled down and worked with their communities to keep voters — and their votes — safe. Record turnout and a smooth election day validated election officials’ incredible work and commitment to risking their own health and safety to get this monumental challenge done.” See more here.