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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections is accepting applications to become student poll workers for the 2020 elections.
Student poll workers can earn up to $150 per election, receive an excused absence from school, gain community service hours, and can mention the experience on resumes and college applications.
“What we’re looking for are students who are tech savvy,” said Supervisor of Elections training supervisor Laura Panico. Students will help check in voters at polling stations.
To apply, students must first visit Vote Manatee and complete the ‘Poll Worker Application,’ located under the tab ‘Poll Worker’. After completing the application, it must then be sent to Manatee Supervisor of Elections, PO Box 1000, Bradenton, FL 34206-1000 by mail or dropped off.
Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett added, “This would be a great opportunity for those who may have challenges with mobility.”
Bennett also mentioned a need for bilingual students, “We will also need several Spanish speakers here at the SOE Office on Election Day.”
LRHS senior Ally Ellis said, “It seems like a really cool experience and I’m looking forward to applying.”
In order to apply students must be registered or pre-registerd to vote. Students can pre-register at 16. If accepted, students must complete a 3-hour orientation along with a training session before they are certified to work at the election.
“I signed up to be a poll voter during an event here on campus. I am excited to hear back about the training in the spring,” said LRHS senior Manoela Dos Santos.
The next election takes place on March 17, 2020, with orientations and training held in January.
For more information visit Vote Manatee or call 941-741-3823.