Clerk White Now Enrolling High Schools in yVote!
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For Immediate Release
Thursday, August 18, 2011


Media Contact:

Angie Nussmeyer, 317-327-5099

Clerk White Now Enrolling High Schools in yVote!


Program educates, encourages youth participation in elections 

INDIANAPOLIS – Marion County Clerk Beth White invites area high schools to enroll in the seventh semester of yVote!, a program aimed at educating and encouraging student involvement in local elections.
 
“I always look forward to visiting our local high schools and hearing from students why they think voting is important,” Clerk White said. “I leave each classroom with the hope that many will take our lesson to heart and continue to be actively involved in elections.”
 
yVote! is a civics education program aimed at high school students, focusing on the process of voting and encouraging enrollment in the student poll worker program. At the program’s conclusion, students participate in a mock election where they cast a “ballot” on the county’s voting equipment. Students who will be 18 on or before November 8, the date of this year’s municipal election, can also register to vote.
 
In Indiana, eligible 16- and 17-year old students are permitted 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 receive permission from their principal and a parent or guardian. The bi-partisan Election Board must unanimously approve a resolution to allow students to work in each election, as they have previously done.
 
Since 2008, Clerk White has visited 22 local high schools and registered more than 1,650 eligible 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 patrick.becker@indy.gov.
 
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