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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 will be the Presidential General Election. Wilcox High School is pleased to participate in the Santa Clara County registrar of Voters Office’s Student Election Officer Program where qualified and interested students may participate in working at a voting precinct. Interested students should complete an application form with required permission slips, and submit them to the Registrar of Voters Office before October 14, 2016.
For 18 years, the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Office has offered qualified high school students the opportunity to learn about and participate in our democratic process by serving as an Election Officer. While students may learn about democracy second hand from a book or in a classroom, the opportunity to serve as a Student Election Officer on Election Day is an invaluable, real life experience that will bring awareness to young Americans regarding the importance of voting as well as to help lay the groundwork for a lifetime of civic involvement and responsibility. We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from High School Students for the June 7th, Presidential Primary Election.
Student Election Officer Program (High School Only):
The Santa Clara County Student Election Officer Program provides High School students with the opportunity to serve their community, experience democracy first hand and earn up to $145.00 or community service credits. Student Election Officers are required to attend a training class and work on Election Day as an official member of a Precinct Board.
To qualify a student must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident
- Be at least 16 years old on Election Day
- Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Obtain written permission from parent/guardian
- Obtain written permission from school
- Agree to complete Election Officer training
- Agree to work on Election Day
Students participating in this program are considered volunteers, not employees, so work permits are not required.
Wilcox requirements are:
- Provide a current (unofficial) copy of transcripts showing current GPA
- Obtain permission from Mr. Melligan (B-108)
- Obtain permission from any/all classroom teachers that this activity will interfere with on November 8, 2016
The link to the application form at attached to this email.
For more information contact:
Mr. M Melligan, Wilcox High School Student Election Officer Coordinator
Room B108 408 423-2516
POSITIONS ARE LIMITED. PLEASE APPLY EARLY!
Once your application is received in our office and approved for placement, an Election Specialist will contact you via the phone number or email provided on your application regarding your Election Day polling place assignment and training class. Once contacted, you will receive a Notice of Appointment letter in the mail confirming your training and Election Day assignments along with the name and phone number of your Election Specialist, Precinct Inspector (Election Day Supervisor), and other Clerks (coworkers).
Please hold onto your Notice of Appointment Letter, as it contains critical information you will need.
- Complete pages 2 and 3 of the application form.
- Get parent/guardian permission (DO NOT forge signatures). Seniors that are 18 years-old MUST get parental permission.
- Get permission from classroom teachers for any classes missed by this activity.
- Get permission from Mr. Melligan (room B-108) show completed forms, permission from all required individuals, provide copy of current unofficial transcripts showing current GPA.
- Send applications to Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters as explained on forms.
- Provide approval and assignment to Wilcox Attendance Office, and all classroom teachers prior to November 8, 2016.
What Duties Will I Be Expected to Perform on E-Day?
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Arrive on time to open the Polls.
All election officers should be at the polling place by 6:00 AM, to prepare for the 7:00 AM opening of the polls. Sign the payroll form when you arrive. Bring your Election Officer Manual and Notice of Appointment letter.
Your job is to provide quality service to the voters. Receive and assist all voters and co-workers with respect. Wear your ID for easy identification.
Questions and problems.
If you are not sure of something, it is important you ask for help. Consult the Precinct Inspector, or your Training Manual.
Closing the Polls
At 8:00 PM the polling place is closed to voters. Voters in line will vote, and then the Precinct Board will proceed with the closing tasks. Closing usually takes approximately 90 minutes, but may run longer.
Deliver ballots to Return Center
Your Precinct Inspector will be notified ahead of time if a Courier Team is assigned to pickup and return your ballots. If a Courier Team is not assigned, you may be asked to accompany the Precinct Inspector to the Return Center.
Feedback and suggestions are welcomed and encouraged. Your Precinct will have a yellow feedback form and a postage paid envelope for your thoughts.
Precinct Inspectors assign 15 minute breaks along with an hour lunch and half hour dinner for all full-day Election Specialists. Food and drinks are not provided.
How Do I Prepare for My Election Day Assignment?
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Arrange transportation and directions
Know where you are going and how you will get there well before your hands-on training date and Election Day.
Attend the Hands-on Training
The hands-on training will give you all of the skills to successfully fulfill your Election Day duties. Show up on time and sign in immediately for credit. If, for a valid reason, you are not able to make it to the training class as scheduled, call your Election Specialist to reschedule. All Election Officers must complete training before Election Day.
Call your Precinct Inspector one week before the Election
Introduce yourself and let them know you will be working on Election Day. Find out the time of the Election eve setup, and let them know if you will be attending. Setup takes less than an hour and is optional for students, but encouraged and highly recommended.
If you are no longer able to serve at any time for any reason
Contact your Election Specialist and Precinct Inspector immediately. Prompt notification will insure full staffing for the precinct, and may allow another student the opportunity to participate.
Student Conduct Guidelines
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Dress appropriately and maintain personal hygiene. Wear layered clothing, as temperature conditions vary during the day. You are representing your school and community, so clothing that identifies your school is encouraged.
Treat everyone with respect and dignity. You are there to work, and your focus should remain on the task at hand. You are representing Santa Clara County as a non-partisan Student Election Officer. Commentary or discussions of a political nature are not permitted within the polling place.
The use of personal cell phones or any other personal electronic devices for any reason in a polling place is against the law and strictly forbidden at all times. Failure to comply will result in immediate dismissal. You are welcome to use any device outside the polling place during your breaks and mealtimes.
If you are unable to meet your responsibilities as a Student Election Officer, for any reason, please contact your Precinct Inspector and your Election Specialist as soon as possible. Failure to do so could leave your co-workers understaffed and damage the opportunity of future students to participate in the program.
Do not be intimidated or hesitant because you are a student. You are a fully trained member of the Election Board. If proper procedures are not being followed, please speak up to your Precinct Inspector, or if necessary contact 408.299.POLL (7655).
What Happens after Election Day?
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The morning after the Election, our office begins the process of verifying and generating the payroll for all Election staffing.
We furnish every school principal and coordinator with a post election attendance report to monitor and verify participation along with hours worked.
All stipends are determined from the payroll form and if necessary, additional phone calls for information. You should expect to receive your stipend check in the mail at the address provided on your Student Application, approximately 3 to 4 weeks after Election Day.
Students are paid a stipend of $115 for a full day, and $57.50 for a half day. You receive an additional $20 for completing the training and $10 for attending the Election eve setup. Bilingual Spanish Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese or Tagalog Students may be paid an additional $10.
Community Service Credits
You can choose Community Service credits in lieu of a stipend. If you need a letter detailing your volunteer hours, please contact the Student Election Officer Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.282.3091.
Problems with Stipend Check
If you do not receive your stipend check within one month of the Election, or if there is any other problem with your check, please contact our office at 408.299.POLL (7655).
About the Student Program
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Since 2006, more than 6,000 Students from 93 High Schools have participated in the Santa Clara County Student Election Officer Program. None of this would be possible without the Principals, Administrators, Teachers and Parents who place their trust in the promise of the Student Program and go above and beyond to bring this opportunity to their students and children. Thank You!
Here are a few of the many comments we’ve received about the Student Program:
“This field trip is a great opportunity for all students. The experience teaches them about the election process and the importance of voting.” Principal
“They learned so much more from their participation than merely reading and discussing the process in class. I am sure this will result in them remaining active citizens in a democratic society.” Teacher
“The Student Program gets students involved and out in the community.” Teacher
“Being an Election Officer was an amazing experience. I felt more involved and the experience urged me to become a better informed citizen.” Student 2 Elections
“This experience helped me to decide on a career in public service. There is so much to do and I am looking forward to getting started.” Student 3 Elections
“I had a lot of fun and it was a great experience.” Student 1 Election
“We had 3 students who were all hard working, bright, competent, sociable, friendly and funny. They made the experience a delight!” Precinct Inspector, 6 Elections
“The students are a great support to our Elections, and they receive valuable life experience as a part of the team. I hope the Student Program continues on all Elections in the future.” Precinct Inspector, 10 Elections