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District 4 DeSoto County Supervisor Lee Caldwell is spearheading an effort to get young people involved in the political process by encouraging them to become poll workers.

Seniors in high school who are 18 years-old and registered to vote have a unique opportunity—they can learn about the electoral process and earn extra cash while in training and working at the polls as student election clerks for the June 5th election.

The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors and the Election Commission are working with DeSoto County Schools to increase voter education by hiring a total of 41 high school seniors, one in each precinct, according to District 4 Supervisor Lee Caldwell.

“This is a great election for teaching and learning because it is a small election,” Caldwell explained. “Students will have to go through a training course before they work at the polls. They will be paid $125 for their efforts. The Election Commission has incorporated a lot of technology and will be thrilled to have young technically-savvy seniors work the polls.”

U.S. Government teachers at all eight DCS high schools have applications to apply for these positions or the form can be downloaded at www.desotocountyschools.org. Completed applications must be returned to Geri Hill at the Board of Education, 5 East South Street, Hernando, MS 38632 by April 20th.

“This is a win-win situation for our students,” said DCS Supt. Cory Uselton.

Some of the benefits of serving as an election clerk are:

• Students will gain practical experience by serving their community and state.

• Experience as an election clerk is an impressive addition to a resumé or college application.

• Students can take part in a rewarding activity while learning about the democratic process.

• Students can earn community service hours for school.

If selected , a student will be required to attend a three-hour training session at Hernando Gale Center on May 19th from 9-12. An alternate date will be announced for training if necessary. Students will have to be present to work their designated poll by 6 a.m. on June 5th and be prepared to help close the poll after the 7 p.m. voting deadline.

“Applicants are required to write a short paragraph as to why he or she would like to be a part of this election process,” Caldwell said. “The DeSoto County Board of Education members have expressed that they encourage students to register to vote and work at the polls. It is our hope that this program will do both.”

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