Voters to See New Faces on November 8

November 04, 2011

During the upcoming election day on Tuesday, November 8, Stark County voters will see some new faces working at the polls, specifically University of Mount Union students.
This fall, Mount Union’s Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement focused on recruiting college students to be poll workers. In order for students to become poll workers, they had to be registered voters in Stark County and attend a training session.
The initiative started this past summer on a chance meeting between Jeanette Mullane, director of the Stark County Board of Elections, and Harry Paidas, interim director of the Regula Center.
“I had gone to the Board of Elections for a different reason and ran into Jeanette, who mentioned that they could use some poll workers from the Alliance area,” said Paidas.  “It took me about two seconds to respond with a resounding ‘yes’ because I thought, what better way for a student to get experience in public service than to work the polls on election day?”
The initiative resulted in dozens of inquiries. In fact, 10 Mount Union students became registered Stark County voters and went through training so that they could work at various polling places throughout the county.  One of those students is Tim Hatton, a senior political science and philosophy major of Wooster, Ohio.
“As a political science major, it is important that I stay involved in the local government as much as possible and lead by example,” said Hatton. “This is a great opportunity to show others how important it is to be an informed and involved citizen.”
Paidas said the Regula Center would like to continue to be the central source for recruiting poll workers from eastern Stark County. 
“Getting young people to work the polls is right in our wheelhouse,” said Paidas. “This is a win-win for the Stark County Board of Elections and the Regula Center since it fits nicely with Mount Union’s mission, and it fills a need for the Board of Elections in eastern Stark County.”
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