Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Election day runs smoothly with help from high school students

Tuesday's mayoral election in the City of San Diego had some helpers from local schools.
Working the polls
Students Donna Flores, of Pt. Loma High, and Hayra Jaramillo, of John Muir School, helped check in voters in a downtown San Diego precinct, supervised by poll worker B.J. Gloudon on election day, Feb. 11.

They're part of a county program for high school students.

The High School Student Poll Worker Program, under California Elections Code Section 12302, allows high school students to serve as poll workers and actively participate in the election process, even if they are not eligible to vote. Launched in 1998 this program has been a tremendous success. Students receive a certificate for community service and a stipend paid directly to them or to their school, depending on the district policy.

To become a Student Poll Worker, contact your social science teacher or school official and ask to be nominated. To qualify for the program you must: be at least 16 years of age by Election Day, a United States citizen, and have a grade point average of at least 2.5. For more information, see the County of San Diego Registrar of Voters website.