Youth @ the Booth

Key Points about the High School Senior Youth @ the Booth Program
  • A county board of elections may establish a program with local school districts and/or high schools permitting qualifying high school seniors students to apply, and if appointed by the board of elections, to serve as precinct election officials.
  • All high school seniors in good standing with their school and who are at least 17 years old are eligible to participate by filling out an application form.
  • All students must execute all PEO activities without partisan bias and without promoting any points of view on a candidate or issue.
  • All students must attend training before they can serve.
  • All students must commit to working the entire day on Election Day.
  • There is a set number of PEOs required in Warren County and Ohio law limits the number of 17-year-old student PEOs program students. Please understand that the number of participants could be limited.
Students Will Have an Opportunity to:
  • Better understand the election and voting process.
  • Earn a sense of pride by serving their country, state and local community.
  • Join a new generation of precinct election officials.
  • Earn $136.50 for attending training and working on Election Day (or donate earnings toward a school club or project).
  • Obtain service experience for job resumes and college applications.
  • Help democracy work by making sure every eligible voter can vote.
Student Participation Criteria:
  • Student must be at least 17 years old.
  • Student must be enrolled in the senior year of high school.
  • Student must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Student must be a resident of the county in which they wish to serve as a PEO.
  • Student must complete and submit an application form.
  • Each student applying to participate must declare his or her political party affiliation as part of the application process.
  • Student must have written parental approval.
  • Student must provide Social Security Number to county board of elections in order to be paid for work as a PEO.
  • Student must attend a required training session (3.5 hours).
  • Student must have access to reliable transportation and be willing to work at any Warren County polling location.
  • Student must be willing to work the entire day (6:00 a.m. until excused, at least 8:30 p.m.).
  • Students who are fluent in other languages may be able to be placed in a location where such language skills would be an asset.