This past legislative session included a number of changes to election laws designed to increase voter awareness and participation, particularly among young voters. One of those laws, House Bill 1120, was passed allowing for the appointment of "Student Election Assistants". This bill provides as follows:
"A student of at least 17 years of age at the time of any election or primary in which the student works shall be eligible to be appointed as a student election assistant. To be eligible a student must have all the following qualifications: (1) Be a United States citizen. (2) Be a resident of the county in which the student is appointed. (3) Be enrolled in a secondary educational institution, including a home school as defined in G.S. 115C-563(a), with an exemplary academic record as determined by that institution. (4) Be recommended by the principal or director of the secondary educational institution in which the student is enrolled. (5) Have the consent of a parent, legal custodian, or guardian…No more than two student election assistants shall be assigned to any voting place. Every student election assistant shall work under the direct supervision of the election judges. The student election assistants shall attend the same training as a precinct assistant, shall be sworn in the same manner as a precinct assistant and shall be compensated in the same manner as precinct assistants…"
The Harnett County Board of Elections believes this is an excellent way to involve more future voters in the electoral process by educating them on voting procedures as well as encouraging and teaching young people about the importance of public service.
If you, or someone you know, would like to participate in this program please fill out the Student Form and mail to Harnett County Board of Elections, P.O. Box 356, Lillington, NC 27546.