Students get involved in election day

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Patrick Hastings (above), student election poll employee, and Eunice Wilkens help Elton Leimkuehler receive a ballot at Tuesday's election in the Concordia Community Center.

The Lafayette County Clerk's office received a grant from the state of Missouri to fund the wages of 26 high school students to work at the polling stations during Tuesday's general election in the county.

Lafayette County Clerk Linda Niendick said the youth election employees were trained last week on the procedures at the voting locations and worked alongside the adult election judges.

"They served in the same capacity as everyone else," Niendick said.

Ten of the youth employees were 18 years old and the remaining 16 were between the ages of 15 to 17.

The older students were allowed to handle the same repsonsibilities as the non-student workers. The younger students were not allowed to sign or initial offical voting rosters and documents.

The student election judges came from school districts all over the county. Four students -- Nora Faris, Jordan Schlue-ter, Alec Mueller, Patrick Hastings and Devon Heins -- were from Concordia.

"I am really glad to have these kids," Niendick said. "It's a great opportunity for them."

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