Current Indiana election law allows 16 and 17 year-old high school students who are non-registered voters to serve as poll workers on Election Day. The Student Poll Worker Program gives students a hands-on experience with the voting process. Join other high school students throughout Allen County in discovering firsthand how the electoral process works. You will have an opportunity to make a difference even before you can cast your vote!
Qualifications to be a Student Poll Worker
- Must be non-registered sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) years of age
- Must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of Allen County
- Must have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Must have written approval from your principal
- Must have the approval of your parent or guardian
- Must satisfactorily complete mandatory training required by the Allen County Election Board
- You will receive $85 for working on Election Day and $25 for attending the mandatory training – for a total of $110!!
- Some schools may offer class credit for working on Election Day
- Some schools may also offer credit or hours for working on Election Day in order to fulfill a community service requirement for graduation
- Great community related activity for college and scholarship applications and resumes
- Clerk or Assistant Clerk – verify voter information
- Assistant Judge – assist voters in the operation of the electronic voting booths
- Assist with the close of the polls at the end of Election Day
Hours of Service
- Complete at least a 1 hour training class
- Arrive at assigned polling location at 5:00am on Election Day
- Assignment typically concludes by 7:00pm or when dismissed by the Inspector
If interested in being a part of the Student Poll Worker Program and serving as a poll worker on Election Day, please print this Student Poll Worker application, get the necessary signatures, and return to the Allen County Election Board no later than 3 weeks before Election Day.
Check your calendar for other activities. Be sure you can commit to the entire Election Day.