Associated Students Inc. (ASI) at CSULB was one of just 19 organizations nationwide to receive a federal grant from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to develop a program that will recruit and train college students to serve as poll workers/assistants in Los Angeles County.
The $16,992 grant is part of the Help America Vote College Program, which was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to promote college student involvement. In all, the EAC awarded $300,000 that will be used to encourage students enrolled at higher education institutions to assist in the administration of elections.
The grantees were chosen based on their ambition to recruit students with the capacity to advance the election administration process. CSULB anticipates training more than 400 poll workers before the Nov. 7 General Election.
“The involvement of college students in the nation’s democratic process is a subject that is very near and dear to my heart,” said President F. King Alexander. “At the very least, we need to make sure that our students are voting, but this grant helps take that a step further by involving our young people in the election process.”
The EAC grant caught the attention of California’s top election official, Secretary of State Bruce McPherson, who made a special trip to the CSULB campus to recognize the university and ASI for its selection.
“I want to congratulate the Associated Students here at CSULB for being chosen to receive this grant,” McPherson said recently during a brief ceremony in front of The Walter Pyramid. “Their innovative approach to encourage students to serve as poll workers on Election Day is commendable. When young voters see their peers participating, when they see dedicated and enthusiastic people working at the polling place, the confidence in our democracy is strengthened.”
Utilizing the message “Friends Help Friends Become Poll Workers,” the ASI plan includes the support of 11 political science professors who will provide information to their students about becoming poll workers, pitching the role of students and civic responsibility in the election process and offering 3-5 percent extra credit for any student who works as a poll worker.
For more information about the poll worker recruitment program, contact Brigette Young in the ASI office at 562/985-2402.