Future of Democracy - High School Student Election Official Program

Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Are you a high school student looking to serve your community? The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is seeking responsible students to work as Precinct Election Officials.

High school student workers have been a valuable asset to Cuyahoga County Elections and we are looking to expand the Future of Democracy program to more areas of the county. This program gives students an opportunity to learn about the electoral process and build their resume. You will also get a hands-on experience with the County's new Electronic Pollbooks, which operate on a mini iPad.

What are the requirements to be a Student Election Official?
  • Must be at least 17 years old and a senior in high school
  • Must be a U.S. citizen and reside in Cuyahoga County
  • Must be able to read and write English
  • Can arrange own transportation to the assigned polling location
  • Can lift approximately 35 pounds
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA
What is expected of each Student Election Official?
  • Attend a training class prior to the election -- approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hours long
  • Attend a set-up meeting at their assigned precincts from 6-8 p.m. on the Monday evening before the Election
  • On Election Day, workers must be at their precincts at 5:30 a.m. and stay until polls close at 7:30 p.m.
  • Stay to pack all voting units and assure all reports are completed.
  • Workers will be paid $172.10, the same as other Precinct Election Officials.
Frequently Asked Questions

Visit this page to review Frequently Asked Questions about the Future of Democracy program.

I'm a Student, How Do I Apply?

If you are a STUDENT interested in the Future of Democracy program, please complete this application. If you don't see your high school listed below please contact Percy Turner at 216-698-2902 to see if there's already a program. If there's not, we can work to start a new program at your school.

I'm a Teacher or a School Administrator, How Can I Get Involved?

If you are a TEACHER or an ADMINISTRATOR interested in the Future of Democracy program, please complete this application. If you have any questions, please contact Percy Turner at 216-698-2902.

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