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Layi Oniwinde, 16, fills out an election worker application as his mother, Adaobi Oniwinde, looks on with a smile in Wheaton, Md. "I love the way the system here allows everybody to be involved," says Adaobi about the U.S. election system. Amanda Andrade-Rhoades for NPR hide caption

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The midterm elections need workers. Teens, veterans and lawyers are stepping up

Some election officials are sending the call out to high school students, veterans and lawyers to help staff the elections. But COVID and the political climate are making it harder to recruit.

Layi Oniwinde, 16, fills out an election worker application as his mother, Adaobi Oniwinde, looks on with a smile in Wheaton, Md. "I love the way the system here allows everybody to be involved," says Adaobi about the U.S. election system. Amanda Andrade-Rhoades for NPR hide caption

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The midterm elections need workers. Teens, veterans and lawyers are stepping up

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Anthony Van Engelen skates the bench in this screenshot from a video taken in southern California. Quartersnacks/courtesy of Benny Maglinao hide caption

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Skateboarders dream of shredding this famous bench. But first, they have to find it

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Twin sisters Tripti and Pari, who lost both their parents to COVID-19, play at a relative's home in Bhopal, India on May 11, 2021. A new study estimates that 8 million kids lost a parent or primary caregiver to a pandemic-related cause. Gagan Nayar/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Nearly 8 million kids lost a parent or primary caregiver to the pandemic

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