Students Swear In As Poll Workers

By: Whitney Holmes
By: Whitney Holmes

October 23, 2006

More than ninety students from UVa and PVCC were sworn-in as poll workers for this November election.

The students are part of the Student Poll Worker Program started by UVa's Center for Politics, which has partnered with the registrar's offices in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

The program aims to get young adults involved in democracy.

Out of the people expected to turn out to vote in November, students and young adults are the least likely to show up. That's because many of them feel like they don't matter.

The program's goal is to change this apathetic way of thinking, and show young adults that they have an important role to play in keeping democracy from dying out.

"The most exciting part of this program has been the overwhelming response from students," explained Holly Hatcher, assistant director of programs for the Center for Politics. "We've lowered the average poll worker's age a half decade so far. And hopefully we are creating a new generation of volunteers that will last a lifetime."

The students-turned -poll-workers train for a total of six hours and get $150.00 for their work on election day.

The Student Poll Worker Program is funded by a federal grant.

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