The Student Poll Worker Program helps satisfy the constant demand to develop quality poll workers at a time when the process of voting has become more complex. “We are very appreciative of our mature and experienced poll workers, but we need to continue to attract young people into this important line of work,” said Pat McDonald, Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. “The program is an excellent opportunity for students, some of whom continue to work on election days after they graduate from High School,” said McDonald.
The students will work in 290 locations throughout the County. There are 150 student poll workers who have received specialized technical training on how to operate the DS200 precinct based ballot scanners. “The younger generation is very comfortable with technology, and the use of electronics for voting is only going to increase in the future,” said McDonald.
There are also 35 student poll workers who will be assigned to 10 locations that are piloting the eLookUp program which uses lap top computers to help identify the precinct/location where a voter is required to cast his or her ballot. By utilizing young people who have an ingrained familiarity with the technology, only limited training will be required for them to become proficient in using the new system.
The Board of Elections has utilized the Student Poll Worker Program every two years in the past. It has been so successful that the program has been expanded to include all future county wide elections.