LEWISTOWN – Indian Lake High School Senior Noah Fought got a real life lesson in civics this last election day. Fought, along with a handful of seniors from other area high schools, attended a lunch Dec. 2 for students who served as poll workers for the Logan County Board of Elections in November.
Elections Board Director Kandie Horton said the board is always in need of qualified poll workers for every election. They thought recruiting students might fill that gap, while getting young people excited about the electoral process. Elections officials began meeting with Indian Lake High School administrators and teachers last school year to get the process started.
“You get a lot of kids out there who say I don’t vote or get involved in all that, so we thought let’s get them involved, let’s see what they can do. And they did a wonderful job, we couldn’t have asked for better kids,” Horton said.
A total of six students worked in polls throughout Logan County during the Nov. 3 election. Horton says the students went through the same training that is required of “regular poll workers.” And, like their counterparts, they got paid for the day.
Fought worked in the Washington South precinct, which was housed in the Indian Lake High School Auxiliary Gym for the first time, along with three other precincts from Washington and Stokes Townships and Russells Point. He says the seasoned polling officials he worked with showed him how to sign in voters and work the voting machines, making the 14-hour day interesting.
“Younger people who are taking government classes have an understanding of what our government should be like and they haven’t lost the idea of what it’s supposed to be, so I think it’s good to have a new generation of kids come out and work the elections,” he said.
Fought says he looks forward to working the March primary and will spread the word to fellow students about how important their voice is in local elections.
Horton and the board are counting on his continued participation, as the upcoming presidential primary is likely to be a busy election. Horton and Deputy Director Adam Brannon are looking for 70 additional poll workers to handle projected voter turnout. Potential poll workers must be 18 years of age and registered to vote. Call 937-599-7255 for more information.
Submitted by Indian Lake Local Schools.