Desks, Assignment Desks, Education Writers
for Student Election Poll Workers, March Primary
Tuesday, February 24, 2004 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Building Room 1001 - Los Angeles Mission College, 13356 Eldridge
The average age of poll workers
in Los Angeles County is 72. New poll workers are needed to keep our voting
tradition efficient and effective, according to the Los Angeles County
Registrar of Voters. Those are the reasons behind a partnership between
the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) and the Registrars
office a partnership to train new poll workers from among the ranks
of community college students.
Nearly 300 political science students at Mission College have signed up
for the program and will be the first in the district to undergo the training.
To make the training realistic, Katie Mac, student poll worker program
coordinator, will create a mock voting area within a classroom. The training
site will be outfitted with a polling booth, InkaVote machine, demonstration
ballots, ballot box, sample roster, "I Voted" stickers, bilingual
signs, flags, "no electioneering" signs, gray secrecy sleeves,
and provisional envelopes.
Students who complete the training and serve as poll workers during the
March 2 California Primary Election will receive a stipend of $80. In
addition to the stipend, Mission College students will receive "lab"
credit for their participation.
In launching the program the first in the state Registrar
Conny McCormick described the need for poll workers as a "national
crisis." LACCD Trustee Warren Furutani said recruiting community
college students as poll workers is a logical solution to the problem.
"They have a familiarity with computers, as touch screen voting machines
replace punch card balloting, and they speak the multiple languages of
a given community because thats where theyre from."
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