PWC Student Page Program

Program History
In 2000 the Virginia General Assembly enacted legislation (Va. Code § 24.2-604) enabling the local electoral boards, with the cooperation of school authorities, to establish a program for high school students to encourage an interest in voting, to foster an awareness of the elderly and disabled community, and to assist the officers of election on Election Day. This special program gives students hands-on experience with the voting process. Join other high school students throughout Prince William County as they discover firsthand how the American electoral process works. You'll have an opportunity to make a difference even before you can cast your vote!

 

Qualifications to Participate as a Student Poll Worker

At the time of the election, you must:

  • Be a current high school level student in good academic standing

  • Have written permission from your parent or guardian and school

  • Have transportation to/from your assigned location

Benefits​

  • You will receive a personalized certificate of thanks from the General Registrar

  • Some schools offer class credit for volunteering on Election Day, especially if you are in a government or political science class (check with your school administration or teachers)

  • Some schools also offer credit or hours for volunteering on Election Day in order to fulfill a community service requirement for graduation (check with your school administration or teachers)

 

Duties

  • Set up and administer designated polling place with assistance of your fellow poll workers 

  • Direct voters to sign in, and verify signature

  • Answer voters' procedural questions

  • Collect precinct line/turnout data throughout the day

  • Are required to work from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or from 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

  • Will assist Election Officers with various tasks, including setting up the polling place, directing voters, assisting elderly and disabled voters and distributing information. Pages may not process voters, operate voting equipment or tally results.

  • Are required to take an online training course lasting approximately 20 minutes.

  • Are required to subscribe to the Election Page Oath administered by the Chief Election Officer.

Application Procedure

  • Sign up - Please print and fill out completely a Page Application - (click here for details)

  • You will need to obtain your parents' and school's permission (full details are included with your application)

  • Return to your teacher by October 18, 2019 

Information for Parents and Teachers

The Office of Elections encourages students and parents to contact their government or, if bilingual, Spanish teachers, if they are interested in applying for this program. Students under 18 years of age must have their parent's permission to participate.

Page Program Flyer - (more information).

The Office of Elections will attempt to assign students to polling places near their homes and/or high schools. No more than two students will be assigned for each shift at each polling place. The Office of Elections will provide the school/teachers with a list of participants and number of hours worked so that they may award classroom credit as appropriate. Students, whether serving as election pages or election officers, must attend the appropriate training class in order to qualify for assignment. They must complete their assignment on Election Day to receive credit for the program.

The Office of Elections will attempt to accommodate those parents who wish to serve as election officers in the precincts to which their children have been assigned. However, we cannot guarantee that those assignments are available. Parents who are considering serving as election officers must be registered to vote in Virginia on or before the voter registration deadline for the November General Election, and must attend an election officer training class.

Note: Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, working toward their Eagle and Gold awards, may also be able to fulfill some of their merit badge requirements by participating in this program.

PWC Election Page Training  -  (click here)
CALENDAR

January 17, 2020

First Day to Absentee Vote In-Person 

Presidential Primary

Locations

January 20, 2020

PWC Office of Election

DMV Location
CLOSED - MLK Day

February 10, 2020

Last Day to Register to vote for the

Presidential Primary

February 25, 2020

Deadline to Request a Ballot to be Mailed for the Presidential Primary

 

February 29, 2020

Last Day to Absentee Vote In-Person 

Locations

March 3, 2020

Election Day
Presidential Primary  

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