College Students Help Install New Electronic Poll Book System

8 years 3 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, July 28 2010 Jul 28, 2010 Wednesday, July 28, 2010 4:38:56 AM CDT July 28, 2010 in News

COLUMBIA - College students are valued more than ever this upcoming primary election.

College students have been helping implement the new electronic poll book system for the August 3rd election.

Students working in the Boone County Clerk's Office have been helping train poll service workers. Stephens College Senior Amanda Sobczak has been working in the office for two weeks, and sees how much she's been able to help.

"Because the younger generations are digital natives, it is easier for us as college students to help train the older generations who come in to help us work", said Sobczak.

Officials at the Boone County Clerk's Office say with the new electronic program, college students are needed to work the polls now more than ever.

The University of Missouri-Columbia has a recruitment program that recruits students to work the polls on election day. For the 2008 presidential election, the program recruited about five hundred students to work. For the upcoming primary election this year, one hundred students have been recruited.

"Whether it's as a poll worker or just making sure they get out and vote and make sure that their voice get's heard," Emily Johnson said. "So I think it's an advantage to them and I think it's an advantage to our community to have students that are involved in that."

The Boone County Clerk's Office is looking to get college students to work the November election this fall. The recuitment program plans to focus on recruiting students with disabilities to work the polls.

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