Poll Workers Could Be Non-Voters

By: Anna Wagnild
By: Anna Wagnild

They may not be able to vote, but some high school students are now able to work at polling stations.

A state law, changed since the last presidential election, allows 16- and 17-year-olds to serve as poll workers.

It was passed in 2001 in response to a dwindling number of poll workers over the past few years.

Students must have permission from their parents and school principal, and must maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

Eau Claire's city clerk says she's planning to contact area high schools, since presidential elections tend to need more staff. "I think it will be good for the students, too, to get an idea even though they aren't eligible to vote, to get them involved in the election process and voting process," says Donna Austad.

If you are interested in working at a polling station for upcoming elections, contact the city elections office.

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