Youth @ the Booth
Key Points about the High School Senior Youth @ the Booth Program
- A county board of elections may establish a program with local school districts and/or high schools permitting qualifying high school seniors students to apply, and if appointed by the board of elections, to serve as precinct election officials.
- All high school seniors in good standing with their school and who are at least 17 years old are eligible to participate by filling out an application form.
- All students must execute all PEO activities without partisan bias and without promoting any points of view on a candidate or issue.
- All students must attend training before they can serve.
- All students must commit to working the entire day on Election Day.
- There is a set number of PEOs required in Warren County and Ohio law limits the number of 17-year-old student PEOs program students. Please understand that the number of participants could be limited.
Students Will Have an Opportunity to:
- Better understand the election and voting process.
- Earn a sense of pride by serving their country, state and local community.
- Join a new generation of precinct election officials.
- Earn $136.50 for attending training and working on Election Day (or donate earnings toward a school club or project).
- Obtain service experience for job resumes and college applications.
- Help democracy work by making sure every eligible voter can vote.
Student Participation Criteria:
- Student must be at least 17 years old.
- Student must be enrolled in the senior year of high school.
- Student must be a U.S. citizen.
- Student must be a resident of the county in which they wish to serve as a PEO.
- Student must complete and submit an application form.
- Each student applying to participate must declare his or her political party affiliation as part of the application process.
- Student must have written parental approval.
- Student must provide Social Security Number to county board of elections in order to be paid for work as a PEO.
- Student must attend a required training session (3.5 hours).
- Student must have access to reliable transportation and be willing to work at any Warren County polling location.
- Student must be willing to work the entire day (6:00 a.m. until excused, at least 8:30 p.m.).
- Students who are fluent in other languages may be able to be placed in a location where such language skills would be an asset.