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Election Grant Program Helps College Students

american-flagThe Election Assistance Commissions is providing $750,000 in grant funds to recruit, train, and support college students that will assist state and local governments in the administration of elections. These college students can serve as non-partisan poll workers and assistants.

The program is part of the Help America Vote Act (College Program) which promotes the following:

  • Encourage students enrolled at institutions of higher education (including community colleges) to assist State and local governments in the administration of elections by serving as poll workers or assistants;
  • Encourage college students to become cognizant of the elections process and civic education, and to assist in the smooth administration of elections in their community; and
  • Encourage state and local governments to use the services of the students participating in the program.

The hope is that the funding for this program be utilized by colleges and universities across the nation to provide an experiential learning opportunity for students and get them more involved and aware of the political process… and yes.. part of the grant monies can be used to provide stipends for the participating students (which goes a long way in helping to pay for college expenses).

Colleges and Universities interested in bringing this program to campus (and the funding that follows) can download the application information here. The deadline for application is Wednesday March 31st.

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