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Northland H.S. Students Train To Work Election Day Polls

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On Tuesday, more than 69 students from Northland High School learned how to be a poll worker through Kids Voting Central Ohio.

Senior Evin Moss was among the 17- and 18-year-old students.

"I think it encourages us to be more excited about voting since a lot of us will be 18 soon," said Moss, who hopes to attend Kent State University next year.

Kids Voting Central Ohio has been training youth poll workers since 2006. The group is responsible for helping change state law to allow 17-year-old students to participate in the "Youth at the Booth" program.

Jane McMeekin is the education coordinator for Kids Voting. She said high school seniors make up 25 percent of poll workers in Franklin County, and just about 12 percent keep volunteering long after graduation.

"The kids get a sense of empowerment by doing a very important and essential job in helping run an efficient election," said McMeekin.

After a powerpoint presentation, students learned how to set up a voting machine and activate it, assist voters at the machine and collect votes from the machine when polls close.

It is challenging work that demands attention to detail.

"I thought you had to have your driver's license. I learned how your address is tracked. They have everyone's address. It is a lot of information to go through," said Evin.

Dozens of high school students from across Franklin County and the state participate in the "Youth at the Booth" program.

Northland teacher Tom Gibson brings the program back every year and said the kids are very interested in the election process. They even get community service credit.

"It's a good opportunity for them build up their work resume, to build their college application resume. And it teaches them responsibility," said Gibson.

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