The Prince William County Office of Elections invites high school government students to participate in the Student Election Page Program during November Elections. The individual schools/teachers will determine what participation credits or volunteer hours the students could be awarded.
Note: County schools are not in session on Election Day in November.
Students who are not yet registered to vote or who only wish to participate for part of the day may serve as Election Pages. Students must be recommended by their government teacher, have the approval of a parent, and be able to provide transportation to their assigned polling place on Election Day.
- Are required to work half the day; from 5 a.m. to noon or from noon to 7 p.m.
- 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 check-in voters, operate voting machines, or tally results but may observe.
- Are required to attend a training class which lasts about an hour.
- Are required to sign an Election Page Oath administered at the polling place.
- Do not receive compensation for serving.
The 2016 information sheet is available in pdf format: Information for Election Pages. The application to serve as an Election Page in 2016 will be available in September, 2016. Your application must be submitted to your High School Government teacher. The application will include a list of all available training classes.
Eligible students may prefer to participate as Election Officers. County residents who will be 18 years old on or before Election Day and have registered to vote on or before the registration deadline are eligible to serve as Election Officers. These students are not required to sign up through their teachers but may complete an Election Officer Form and send it directly to the Voter Registration and Elections Office. See our Web page Working at the Polls for more information.
In contrast to the Election Pages, Election Officers:
- Are required to work the entire day from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. (or possibly later).
- Are legally responsible for the conduct of the election including checking names and IDs, operating voting machines, and ascertaining results.
- Are required to attend a training class which lasts approximately two and a half hours.
- Are required to subscribe to the Constitutional Oath prior to Election Day. (Notaries are available in our office for this purpose.)
- Are required to sign the Election Officer Oath administered by the Chief Election Officer before the polls open on election morning.
- Are paid for working on Election Day.
Find out more about working as an Election Officer.
Parents and Teachers
The Office of Elections will not accept application requests directly from students or from parents on behalf of their child for participation in this program. Applications must be submitted through high school government teachers. We encourage students and parents to contact their social studies teacher if they are interested in participating in this program. Information and applications will be made available to teachers at the beginning of the school year.
We will attempt to assign students to polling places near their homes and high schools. No more than two students will be assigned for each shift at each polling place. We will provide the schools and teachers with a list of participants so that they may award classroom credit as appropriate. Student Election Pages must attend the training class in order to qualify for assignment and credit in this program.
In the event that a student wants to serve in a polling place with a parent who is an Election Officer we will attempt to accommodate the request; however, we cannot guarantee that those assignments will be available.
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