The Loudoun County Office of Elections and Voter Registration is celebrating a record-setting year for its Election Page program with more students participating than ever before. More than 140 students from high schools across the county participated as pages and were assigned to county polling places during the November 6, 2018, general election.
Loudoun County offers high school students the opportunity to volunteer for a five-hour shift at a precinct on Election Day. Students attend a 30-minute training session, receive a free T-shirt to wear during their shift and are assigned to a precinct close to home. The students assist election officers with various duties, such as making sure voters are at the correct location and reminding voters to have their photo IDs ready.
“In addition to receiving a certificate and a chance to obtain credit for community service, the experience gives the students something extra to put on college or job applications. This is an opportunity for our young people to have a front row seat to watch democracy in action. We strongly encourage our citizens to get involved and serve at a precinct,” said Loudoun County Director of Elections and General Registrar Judy Brown.
Brown recently presented the 2018 Student Election Page Achievement Award to Heritage High School, which sent 34 student volunteers to the polls this year, the most of any school in the county. Principal Jeff Adam accepted the award at a ceremony attended by the student volunteers, social science teachers and librarians.
More information about the Student Election Page program is online at www.loudoun.gov/ElectionPage.
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In the photo above, Heritage High School Principal Jeff Adam, far left, accepts the 2018 Student Election Page Achievement Award from Loudoun County Director of Elections and General Registrar Judy Brown. Also pictured are some of the Heritage High School students who served as pages during the November 6, 2018, general election as well as social science teachers and school librarians who helped with the program.