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Does Working the Polls on Election Day Enhance Civic Engagement for College Students? A Look at the "Help Central Florida Vote" Student Pollworker Study

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This paper considers the potential for attitude and behavioral change among college students serving as poll workers on Election Day. The basis for this question is the result of both federal and state-level policy change in Florida, where the need for more poll workers has led to federal initiatives supporting recruitment efforts on college campuses. The enactment of the Help America Vote Act in 2002, coupled with state-level statutory changes, creates a need for more poll workers, particularly those with advanced technical skills and knowledge of languages other than English. In many respects, college students represent an ideal poll worker population: they are younger than the average poll worker (the average age of poll workers nationally is 72), and are more technologically savvy than are older generations. If students readily serve as poll workers, and enjoy a positive experience, then they might continue working the polls for the next several decades. This means that recruiting younger poll workers will address short and long term needs. Data included in this paper are derived from an Elections Assistance Commission Grant #060046 awarded to the authors in August 2006.

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Fine, Terri. and Jewett, Aubrey. "Does Working the Polls on Election Day Enhance Civic Engagement for College Students? A Look at the "Help Central Florida Vote" Student Pollworker Study" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Hyatt Regency Chicago and the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, Chicago, IL, Aug 30, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p211931_index.html>

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Fine, T. S. and Jewett, A. , 2007-08-30 "Does Working the Polls on Election Day Enhance Civic Engagement for College Students? A Look at the "Help Central Florida Vote" Student Pollworker Study" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Hyatt Regency Chicago and the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, Chicago, IL Online <PDF>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p211931_index.html

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Abstract: This paper considers the potential for attitude and behavioral change among college students serving as poll workers on Election Day. The basis for this question is the result of both federal and state-level policy change in Florida, where the need for more poll workers has led to federal initiatives supporting recruitment efforts on college campuses. The enactment of the Help America Vote Act in 2002, coupled with state-level statutory changes, creates a need for more poll workers, particularly those with advanced technical skills and knowledge of languages other than English. In many respects, college students represent an ideal poll worker population: they are younger than the average poll worker (the average age of poll workers nationally is 72), and are more technologically savvy than are older generations. If students readily serve as poll workers, and enjoy a positive experience, then they might continue working the polls for the next several decades. This means that recruiting younger poll workers will address short and long term needs. Data included in this paper are derived from an Elections Assistance Commission Grant #060046 awarded to the authors in August 2006.

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Does Working the Polls on Election Day Enhance Civic Engagement for College Students? A Look at the "Help Central Florida Vote" Student Poll Worker Study Terri Susan Fine Department of Political Science PO Box 161356 University of Central Florida Orlando FL 32816-1356 and Aubrey Jewett Department of Political Science PO Box 161356 University of Central Florida Orlando FL 32816-1356 Prepared for delivery at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association August 30th-September 2nd 2007. Does Working
hope that as poll worker recruitment efforts become part of campus life that more students will deem this activity both legitimate and political. REFERENCES Haste Helen and Amy Hogan. 2006. “Beyond Conventional Civic Participation Beyond the Moral-Political Divide: Young People and Contemporary Debates about Citizenship.” Journal of Moral Education. 35:4 (472-493). Lister R. Smith N. Middleton S. and Cox L. 2003. “Young people talk about citizenship: Empirical perspectives on theoretical and political debates.” Citizenship Studies 7:2 (235-253). Sabato Larry


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