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Clerk White to Kick-Off Fall 2010 yVote! Program
High School Student Outreach Program Educates and Encourages Youth Participation in Elections
INDIANAPOLIS – Tomorrow at Warren Central High School, Marion County Clerk Beth White will kick off the third year of yVote!, a program aimed at educating students about the voting process and encouraging their involvement in local elections.
“This is a great opportunity for our young voters to get comfortable with the process of voting before going to the polls on Election Day,” Clerk White said. “We’ve received wonderful feedback from teachers and students and I am hopeful our efforts will encourage these students to be lifetime participants in our democracy.”
Through yVote!, Clerk White teaches students about the voting process and election laws, and encourages their participation in working the polls on Election Day. Students who will be 18 on or before the November 2 general election can also register to vote. At the conclusion of the program, students participate in a mock election where they cast a ‘ballot’ on the county’s voting equipment.
In Indiana, state law permits local Election Boards to permit eligible 16 and 17 year old students to serve as a Clerk or a Judge on Election Day. Participating students must have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and received permission from their principal and parent or guardian. The bi-partisan Marion County Election Board unanimously approved resolution to allow students to work in the upcoming election, as the Board has done in previous elections.
Since 2008, Clerk White has visited more than a dozen local high schools and registered nearly 1,200 students to vote. All Marion County public, private and charter high schools are invited to participate in yVote!. To register your school, call Patrick Becker at (317) 327-2050 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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