Sam Porozok ’22 plays integral part in training Alamance County election workers

The junior cinema and television arts major served as a camera operator, voice actor and lead editor for an Alamance County Board of Elections’ training video project.

Sam Porozok ’22 led the creation of videos to help virtually train poll workers who will work during the pandemic.

With the 2020 general election drawing near and the process held under pandemic conditions, the Alamance County Board of Elections moved its training for poll workers into a virtual setting, featuring instructional videos created by Elon junior Sam Porozok.

The cinema and television arts major, who hails from New Jersey, got involved in the North Carolina political scene thanks to word-of-mouth.

Bob Frigo, associate director of the Kernodle Center for Civic Life, contacted Porozok on behalf of the Alamance County Board of Election, which sought an individual to help make videos to virtually train poll workers. “Bob said that I had been highly recommended by several people at the School of Communications,” Porozok said.

The Communications Fellow created a series of videos focused on educating poll workers about aspects regarding the election and polling process. He served as the project’s camera operator, voice actor and lead editor.

“Several of the videos just required text to be read along with a slideshow,” Porozok said. “For these videos, I recorded my voice and edited it on top of the slides, then adjusted the pacing. Additionally, there were two videos that required live segments. For these, I simply filmed the members of the Board of Elections, and edited out slip-ups and added in b-roll.”

At Elon, Porozok works for a variety of campus organizations and serves as the head writer for “Elon Tonight,” a weekly sketch comedy show. He also works for The Pendulum as a cartoonist and graphic designer, designing and writing weekly comics highlighting top stories across campus.

How else has Porozok shown off his creativity while at Elon? With some extra time on their hands this spring, Porozok and his fellow members of Please Clap! Improv recreated “The Brady Bunch” intro starring themselves.