Primary Election Day is just a few weeks away, which means there’s an increased need for people to staff voting locations.
The Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office is now enlisting the help of high school students.
County Clerk Linda Stover says this is the perfect opportunity for high school students to learn all about the political process and gain real-life work experience.
“This is a really great program that is offered to young people in our county. I truly believe the earlier you can get young people interested in voting and our government and be involved and use their voice to vote, they will use that forever,” said Stover.
Student election clerks will report to duty at 6 a.m. and will assist with the opening and closing of the polling place. They’ll also be responsible to help check-in voters.
However, before all of that, those students must attend mandatory training before the election.
The training helps ensure a thorough understanding of the election process and the role of student election clerk.
Training is offered during evenings and weekends.
Students interested must be a U.S. citizen and at least 16 years of age. They must also have written permission from a parent or legal guardian. They also cannot be related to any candidate on the ballot.
Students will be paid $150 for their work.
So far, eight kids have signed up. There are four more spots available.
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