County Clerk’s student election inspector program continues to let students learn and earn
Voters in Harrison and Macomb Townships tomorrow will see some young faces in the polling places as the Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds’s student election inspector program enters its sixths year of letting students learn and earn.
“I am impressed with the quality of Macomb County public schools and their willingness to help students learn and earn,” said the Macomb County Clerk. “A great way to promote voting among young people is to actually employ them in running elections.”
Michigan law allows a high school student to be an election inspector if the student is at least 16 years old and there are at least three other adult election inspectors at the same location.
Students will work with other election inspectors on the May 3rd Election Day to make sure people are registered to vote and ballots are properly processed. They will also assist with counting ballots and reporting election results on election night. Students will work a half-day shift, either 6 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. and will be paid $70. Before the election, each student attended a training session with other election inspectors.
“This program is a good example of schools and government working together to teach students, while getting an essential job done, which benefits everyone,” said the Macomb County Clerk.
The Macomb County Clerk’s office received applications from L'Anse Creuse, Chippewa Valley, and Utica schools. The County hired 36 students: 17 students from Utica High School, 14 students from L’Anse Creuse High School North and 5 students from Dakota High School.
The Macomb County Clerk started this program in May of 2005 with Clinton and Macomb Townships after a law change opened a loophole that let the elected local clerks there choose not to run school elections.
This program is not the first time the Macomb County Clerk has tried to generate interest among young people in voting. The Macomb County Clerk holds voter registration drives every spring for high school students and visits several county high schools.
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