This Election Day – New Albany High School students are getting the ultimate civics lesson. On November 6, 2012, at a polling location near you, 44 New Albany High School students will be working for democracy. Recruited through a partnership of Kids Voting of central Ohio and the Franklin County Board of Elections, the 44 high school students spent time training for “all things elections” in late September in preparation to do their civic duty on Election Day.
Kids Voting of central Ohio has coordinated Youth at the Booth since 2006 with more than 8,500 high school seniors in Franklin County making history as the youngest poll workers in Ohio. Kids Voting coordinates this project exclusively in Franklin County through authorization of the Franklin County Board of Elections. Students are making up more than 15 percent of the county’s poll workers.
NAHS students will be working at local polling locations in New Albany, Gahanna, Westerville and Columbus. Let’s hear it for our students who have stepped it up for democracy.
How Youth at the Booth Makes a Difference – Read more at Kids Voting central Ohio
Youth at the Booth gives high school seniors a real life opportunity to see the election process in action by serving as precinct officials at the polls. The experience motivates these students to be active voters and citizens and to influence their peers as well.
Most students who take part say they will work in future elections, providing a much needed source of poll workers. Perhaps more important, more than ninety percent of the student poll workers who were not planning to vote in future elections say they will do so as a result of Youth at the Booth.