N.C. Needs Poll Workers! Students at Least 17 Years Old Can Serve & Get the Stipend

by August 3, 2020

Please contact your local Board of Election to determine if your county has such an initiative.

Did you know that North Carolinians as young as 17 years old can serve as poll workers? By becoming an election official, you can be a hero for democracy. If you’re interested in becoming an election worker for 2020, let the State Board of Elections know by completing this election worker interest survey: Click here.  They will forward the information you provide to your county board of elections. You may also contact your county board of elections directly to apply. Many poll workers are 70 and older, some will not be able to serve due to COVID-19, so new poll workers are needed! There is a small stipend, and something that can be used as community service on college applications!

HIGH SCHOOL POLL WORKERS – https://elections.nhcgov.com/about-us/poll-workers/

Qualified high school students interested in working the polls on Election Day are able to serve their communities as Student Election Assistants (SEA’s). They are paid for training and their work on Election Day when Student Election Assistants serve alongside  New Hanover County Election Officials to ensure full staff coverage of all polling places.

Most SEA’s serve as laptop operators on Election Day. In this role, the Student Election Assistant maintains one of the check-in stations that a voter gets to upon entering the polling place. Laptop operators are specially trained in checking voters in and updating voter profiles.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must be at least 17 years old by Election Day
  • Must be a resident of New Hanover County
  • Must be enrolled in a public or private high school or home school
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must have permission from a parent, guardian or legal custodian
  • Must have permission from school principal or director
  • All Student Election Assistants must attend at least one mandatory training session before working on Election Day
  • All Student Election Assistants are excused from class and required to work from 5:30 AM until after the polls close and all necessary procedures have been performed (Closing tasks are usually complete by 8:00-8:30 PM)

Compensation

  • Student Election Assistants – $120
  • Training – $25 Per Class

*Additional compensation details are not listed above and will be discussed upon assignment to an election.

Qualified high school students interested in working the polls on Election Day are able to serve their communities as Student Election Assistants (SEA’s). They are paid for training and their work on Election Day when Student Election Assistants serve alongside  New Hanover County Election Officials to ensure full staff coverage of all polling places.

Most SEA’s serve as laptop operators on Election Day. In this role, the Student Election Assistant maintains one of the check-in stations that a voter gets to upon entering the polling place. Laptop operators are specially trained in checking voters in and updating voter profiles.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must be at least 17 years old by Election Day
  • Must be a resident of New Hanover County
  • Must be enrolled in a public or private high school or home school
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must have permission from a parent, guardian or legal custodian
  • Must have permission from school principal or director
  • All Student Election Assistants must attend at least one mandatory training session before working on Election Day
  • All Student Election Assistants are excused from class and required to work from 5:30 AM until after the polls close and all necessary procedures have been performed (Closing tasks are usually complete by 8:00-8:30 PM)

Compensation

  • Student Election Assistants – $120
  • Training – $25 Per Class

*Additional compensation details are not listed above and will be discussed upon assignment to an election.

Qualified high school students interested in working the polls on Election Day are able to serve their communities as Student Election Assistants (SEA’s). They are paid for training and their work on Election Day when Student Election Assistants serve alongside  New Hanover County Election Officials to ensure full staff coverage of all polling places.

Most SEA’s serve as laptop operators on Election Day. In this role, the Student Election Assistant maintains one of the check-in stations that a voter gets to upon entering the polling place. Laptop operators are specially trained in checking voters in and updating voter profiles.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must be at least 17 years old by Election Day
  • Must be a resident of New Hanover County
  • Must be enrolled in a public or private high school or home school
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must have permission from a parent, guardian or legal custodian
  • Must have permission from school principal or director
  • All Student Election Assistants must attend at least one mandatory training session before working on Election Day
  • All Student Election Assistants are excused from class and required to work from 5:30 AM until after the polls close and all necessary procedures have been performed (Closing tasks are usually complete by 8:00-8:30 PM)

Compensation

  • Student Election Assistants – $120
  • Training – $25 Per Class

*Additional compensation details are not listed above and will be discussed upon assignment to an election.


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