Students who are at least 16-years old can participate in Clarke County elections by serving as volunteer Election Pages. The Virginia General Assembly established the Election Page program in 2000 to encourage student participation in the election process. Election Pages help election officials at polling locations. (See list of tasks below.) Service may be applicable for classroom or merit-badge credit.
The Clarke County Electoral Board encourages students ages 16 and 17 to serve as Election Pages. The program combines community service with an opportunity to observe democracy in action. Pages may be placed according to precinct requests and usually work in pairs. Shifts are 5:45 a.m. until 10:15 a.m., 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., or 2:45 p.m. until 7 p.m.
• Greet voters and direct them to polling area
• Provide sample ballots and/or equipment instruction guide
• Offer assistance to elderly, infirm, or others who have difficulty
• Remind voters to have identification ready
• Monitor curbside voting area
• Alert the Chief Officer of Election of possible violations or problems with equipment
• Keep the polling area clean and clear of election materials
• Distribute “I Voted Stickers”
• Assist with placement and removal of signs in and around the polling site
• Must attend training
• Ability to report to and take directions from the Chief Officer of Election
• Ability to remain impartial (may not discuss politics, candidates, or issues)
• Arrive on time; work the entire time scheduled
• May not leave the polling place without notifying the chief officer of election
• Dress appropriately in business casual attire
• May not wear any political apparel, buttons, or stickers
• Use polite and appropriate language and behavior
• May not use cell phone, camera, music player, or other electronic devices
Questions? Contact General Registrar of Voters Barbara Bosserman at (540) 955-5168 or firstname.lastname@example.org.