Democracy Profile: Student Election Clerks

May 19, 2014 |

Carter Chaloupka is a student at Tascosa High School in Amarillo (Potter County).

I had the opportunity to serve as a student election clerk for early voting of the Potter county primary elections.

Considering that I am still too young to vote myself, it was a fascinating process to view first hand. The United States enables its citizens to practice many freedoms, a major freedom being the right to vote. Understanding this puts greater emphasis on the voting process, and I found this process to be much more sophisticated than I had expected.

It is not just walking into a poll and putting a few check marks on paper. I was able to work first hand with the technologies used in the polls, from registering voters to opening ballots.

A Saturday spent at the polls observing the process truly made me appreciate the election process, and will encourage me to be the best voter I can be in the future. I would love the opportunity to serve as an election clerk again, as it is a simple but necessary need in our country.

Interested in serving as student election judge? Here are the details:

According to Texas Election Code, students over 16 years old may work up to 2 days of Early Voting or on Election Day (with Principal permission). Code makes it an excused absence for the students and they are paid the same wage as other workers. They are required to come to Election School for 2 hours on an evening or a Saturday. As many as 2 students may serve at any polling location.

See the Secretary of State website for FAQs about Student Election Clerks.


For more information about voting in Potter County, check out these informative videos in English and Spanish!

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