Youth at the Booth is an opportunity for high school seniors to get hands on experience working the polls in Hamilton County. Hundreds of high school seniors, 17 years or older, have participated in our Youth at the Booth program. They provide a much needed “youth” component to our polling place teams and gain invaluable insight into our grassroots democratic process.
Youth at the Booth Participants:
- Attend a 4-hour training class at the Hamilton County BOE
- Work 7:00-9:00 PM, Monday night (before Election Day), November 2, 2020 for polling place set up
- Work 5:30 AM to about 8:45 PM on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020
- Students earn a total of $181.50 for training, Monday & Tuesday
- Are encouraged to use #youthatthebooth across social media platforms (Twitter, IG, Facebook)
- Must be at least 17 years old AND a senior, a US Citizen & resident of Hamilton County
- Complete the necessary paperwork – a voter registration form (even if 17 years old) & Student Participation/Parent permission form
- Students must provide their own transportation to the assignments
- Communicate with the Hamilton County BOE Precinct Election official coordinators about their assigned training class and polling place assignment
- Make sure each student fills out a voter Registration Form & returns both the Form and the Student agreement/Parent permission slip to the BOE
Students that sign up are contacted directly about their assigned training class & polling place. This program is a win-win for high school seniors and our community. We have BOE staff that is available to make a short presentation to students at your school, or we can email a link for teachers to access a digital presentation through YouTube.Apply Now
Hamilton County Youth at the Booth FAQs
Once you let your teacher know that you want to participate & hand in your paperwork; your teacher will give your name and contact info to the Board of Elections. Precinct Election Official (PEO) coordinators will call/email you about your Election Day polling place assignment & class assignment for training. Be sure to stay in contact with the PEO coordinators if you have to make any changes.
A PEO Coordinator will call or email you about a date/time for training that fits with your schedule. All training classes will be held at the BOE, 4700 Smith Rd.
You are required to have or provide your own transportation to and from training and the polls. Please locate your assigned polling place prior to the Monday Night polling place setup so that you will know where you are going to work.
You will not be able to participate in Youth at the Booth. You must be able to complete the training, attend Monday night polling place set-up and work all day on Election Day. You cannot work a partial day at the polls.
The BOE has to make sure a balanced number of Democrats, Republicans, and Non-Affiliated PEOs work at each polling location. You can decide which party you wish to be affiliated with – Democratic, Republican, or Non-Affiliated. If you don’t have a preference, the PEO coordinator can assign you to either party.
Ohio State Law requires anyone assigned to work the polls to be registered to vote and a special provision allows 17 year olds who are high school seniors to do this. On the registration form, use your full name, address, birth date, last 4-digits of your social security number OR driver license 6-digit number & signature.
There are several options: you can request an Absentee Ballot by mail or you can vote in person at the BOE office at 4700 Smith Road 28 days before Election Day. See the BOE website: www.votehamiltoncountyohio.gov for more information or ask your PEO coordinator.
The dress code for all Precinct Election Officials is business casual clothing – for men: a nice pair of jeans, dress pants & shirt; for women: jeans, dress slacks or skirt & shirt. No sweat pants. You CANNOT wear any political buttons, badges, or t-shirts. Please do not wear shorts or flip flops.
You will get 1 hour for lunch & you can leave the polling location. We also suggest that you bring lunch, snacks, and water to have throughout the day.
You may bring your cell phone for emergency calls only. Remember, being a Precinct Election Official is the priority. NO LAPTOP OR IPAD AND DO NOT TEXT WHILE WORKING AS A PRECINCT ELECTION OFFICIAL!
You will be paid $181.50 for your complete participation (training, Monday night set up and Election Day). The BOE requires your social security number for payroll purposes only. You will receive your check payment within 3-4 weeks after the election.
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