High School Student Program
Election Day Participation Program for High School Students
The 2000 General Assembly enacted legislation (Va. Code § 24.2-604) enabling the local electoral boards, with the cooperation of school authorities, to establish a program for high school students interested in voting, to encourage an interest in voting, to foster an awareness of the elderly and disabled community, and to assist the officers of election on Election Day.
This November, The Fairfax County Electoral Board invites high school government and/or bilingual Spanish students who are at least 16 years of age and enrolled in a high school Spanish class or the Spanish Honor Society, to participate in this National Award winning program. Students may serve as either Election Officers (if eligible) or Election Pages. The individual schools/teachers will determine what participation credits or volunteer hours the students may be awarded. Note: Schools are not in session on Election Day in November.
November 2014 Student Information Packet with Applications Included .pdf - DEADLINES Apply
Students who are not eligible to vote or who only wish to participate for a portion of the day may serve as Election Pages. Students must be US - VA Government or bilingual Spanish students who are 16 years of age and enrolled in a high school Spanish class or Spanish Honor Society. All pages must have the approval of their parents (if under 18) and be recommended by his/her government or Spanish teacher or home school advisor. Election Pages…
- Are required to work from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or from 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Will assist Election Officers with various tasks, including setting up the polling place, directing voters, assisting elderly and disabled voters and distributing information. Pages may not check names, operate voting machines or tally results, but may observe.
- Are required to attend a training class. Classes, lasting approximately 2 hours, are held in mid-October at the Fairfax County Government Center.
- Are required to subscribe to the Election Page Oath administered by the Chief Election Officer.
- Do not represent a political party.
- Do not receive compensation for serving.
Students who will be 18 years old on or before Election Day, and have registered to vote on or before the registration deadline, are eligible to serve as Election Officers. Election Officers…
- Must submit required Federal I-9 Form .pdf
- Are required to work the entire day from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (or possibly later).
- Are legally responsible for the conduct of the election, including checking names and ID’s, operating voting machines and ascertaining results.
- Are required to attend a training class. Classes, lasting approximately 3 hours, are held at various times, dates and locations around the County.
- Are required to subscribe to the Election Officer Oath prior to Election Day (notaries are available at the training classes for this purpose).
- Are required to subscribe to the Election Officer Oath administered by the Chief Election Officer before the polls open on election morning.
- May represent either the Democratic or Republican Party, or choose to serve as an Independent.
Are paid $175 for Election Day, or may serve without
- Must complete the appropriate training class as required by the Office of Elections.
- Will serve in a polling place assigned by the Office of Elections under the direct supervision of the Chief Election Officer.
- Must arrive on time and may not leave the polling place during their assigned shift.
- Must be strictly impartial at all times, not discussing politics, candidates or issues.
- Must dress appropriately - no jeans, shorts, sweats, t-shirts, etc.
Must use appropriate language and behavior at all times.
- Is expected to work - not visit, with friends and neighbors.
The Office of Elections encourages students and parents to contact their government or, if bilingual, Spanish teachers, if they are interested in applying for this program. Students under 18 years of age must have their parent's permission to participate.
The Office of Elections will attempt to assign students to polling places near their homes and/or high schools. No more than two students will be assigned for each shift at each polling place. The Office of Elections will provide the school/teachers with a list of participants and number of hours worked so that they may award classroom credit as appropriate. Students, whether serving as election pages or election officers, must attend the appropriate training class in order to qualify for assignment. They must complete their assignment on Election Day to receive credit for the program.
The Office of Elections will attempt to accommodate those parents who wish to serve as election officers in the precincts at which their children have been assigned. However, we cannot guarantee that those assignments are available. Parents who are considering serving as election officers must be registered to vote in Virginia on or before the voter registration deadline for the November General Election, and must attend an election officer training class.
The Office of Elections will also prepare press releases for the local newspapers and media to publicize the student participation.
Note: Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, working toward their Eagle and Gold awards, may also be able to fulfill some of their merit badge requirements by participating in this program.
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