Posted Online: Nov. 01, 2012, 9:51 am
Thousands of students to work at Cook County polls
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CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of high school and college students will work as election judges and equipment managers in polling stations across suburban Cook County on Election Day.
The county got more than 2,600 student applications for the jobs, which officials say are an opportunity to engage young people in the political process.
County Clerk David Orr calls student poll workers 'a vital cog in the Election Day wheel.'
Maine Township West High School government teacher Dan Fouts says the student judge program allows young people 'to see firsthand the hard work that goes into elections and begin to appreciate how their democracy works.'