Friday, September 21, 2012

UC Poll Cats - Serve, Learn, and Earn - Applications Due Oct 1st!

From the UC Center for Community Engagement:

UC Poll Cats: Serve, Learn and EARN!

UC Poll Cats gives students who are at least 17 years old the opportunity to work for the Board of Elections on Election Day, Tuesday November 6, 2012. The average age of a poll worker is 72, voting equipment and election laws are becoming much more complex, polling place hours are long and working at the polls requires moving and setting up voting machines. As a result, from time to time there is a need to fill vacancies when Poll Workers retire and the BOE seeks to recruit 18 to 31 year olds to assist voters with electronic voting equipment and new voting procedures.

In addition to compensation of $161.50, the poll work enables students to acquire a real life-hands on civics lesson in the voting process, provides a meaningful community service experience, and an entry point for students to become engaged in the electoral process. Students will be paid for:

  • Attending a 3-hour training class (classes are held at a central location near campus)
  • Working from 7:00 -8:30 p.m. on Monday November 5, the night before Election Day to help set up the polling place.
  • Working on Election Day from 6:00 a.m. to about 9:00 p.m.
In appropriate classes UC instructors may also agree by signing the student’s application form to award credit for a course assignment in conjunction with the poll work.
All poll workers must:
  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Be US Citizens and residents of Hamilton County.
  • Be registered to vote (even if they are 17 years old).
  • Attend a 3-hour training course
  • Come to Monday night Polling Place set up from 7-8:30 pm
  • Provide their own transportation to the polls on Election Day.
  • Not have a felony conviction, unless reversed, expunged or pardoned
To increase your chance of being selected, apply well before the October 1 deadline. Bookmark this website and the download the FAQ sheet for reference.

Poll Cats applications can be downloaded below:

For additional information contact either:
Howard Tolley, Jr.
Professor Emeritus
Political Science
University of Cincinnati
Joe Mallory, Elections Administrator
Hamilton County Board of Elections
824 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Cincinnati, OH  45202

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