U.S. Election Assistance Commission grant- Help America Vote: College Poll Worker Program
Federal Priority to get more people involved.
10. Being an Election Judge
Made it a class assignment
Individuals had to apply and receive a position as an election judge
Had to be trained by city/county staff on being an election judge
Grant assisted in mileage and lodging
Pre/post surveys (n=75) Carnegie Foundation Political Engagement Survey
Focus groups (n=66)
11. Non-Partisan Service Learning Activity
Registration for poll worker requires declaring a political party
Issue of party balancing at the polls
Only visible when there is a voter who needs help
Importance of human dignity regardless of political affiliation
75 students- all FT undergraduate,
80% 18-24 yrs old with 75% of them women,
75% A/B students,
34 SWK students, 41 other majors,
79% employed while going to school,
87% majority ethnic status.
13. Sample (continued)
95% had never been an election judge before,
97% did the general election, while 25% did both the primary and general election.
71% did it outside of their own precinct.
929 hoursserved to community
14. What was your overall experience as an election judge? 15. How much effect do election judges have in ensuring election administration is fair, accessible,and accurate? 16. Would you ever be an election judge if it werent for this class assignment?(n=66) 17. Encouraged students to express their own political opinions 18. Guide students to understand the connections between course material and current issues andproblems in our society 19. Help students consider political issues from a variety of perspectives 20. MN Secretary of State: Desired Qualifications of an Election Judge
Ability to communicate clearly with voters
Comfortable with assisting and serving a diverse population
Ability to remain impartial and not exert influence over voters