Tips for Recruiting College Student Poll Workers
from: EAC Staff on
Apr 23, 2011
Election officials increasingly see value in recruiting college students to serve as poll workers, particularly for their flexible schedules and experience using technology. EAC supports student poll worker recruitment through the HAVA College Program grant, and we recently asked our recipients for tips on setting up and managing a student recruitment program. Here’s what they said:
Build a relationship with a political science or public administration professor at a local community or state college. They are likely to have the contacts and interest needed to make the program successful.
Offer to bring voting machines into the classroom to give students a better understanding of how elections work. This makes the training process more interesting and interactive.
Partner with marketing professors to develop a marketing campaign aimed at students.
Hold poll worker trainings on campus or online so more students can easily attend the training.
Make sure all partners are aware of the laws that govern the service of poll workers, such as age, voter registration, and party affiliation requirements.
If local laws permit, consider allowing students to volunteer for part of the day, rather than the full Election Day. More students will be able to volunteer this way.
Spread the number of student volunteers throughout polling places so they can benefit from the expertise of more seasoned poll workers.
These are just a few ideas to consider when running a college poll worker recruitment program. To learn more about the work of EAC College Program grantees, go here.
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