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High school students to assist voters at Chautauqua polling places

MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Board of Elections will have 40 local teenagers on hand to assist voters at the polls Tuesday.

High school teachers from Fredonia, Westfield, Jamestown and Falconer helped to recruit more students to greet and assist voters during peak hours at high-traffic poll sites in Dunkirk, Fredonia, Westfield, Chautauqua, Lakewood, Jamestown and Falconer.

The student workers completed intensive training this week conducted by election trainers Ruth Eckstrom and Tony Popielarz in Jamestown and Falconer. Each student was instructed on the use of hand-held computers that contain all voter data and election district information. They also were trained on the use of election district maps.

The “Ask Election District” hand-held computers to be used by the students Tuesday go by the acronym “AskED” and are programmed with all of the up-to-date voter information.

“It’s a great program whereby we put pre-voters to work at the poll site working meaningful jobs,” said Election Commissioner Brian C. Abram. “It gives these young people a real chance to see democracy in action.”

Election Commissioner Norman P. Green added, “The voters love being greeted by the young citizens and the election inspectors really appreciate the help. Most of our election inspectors are timid around technology and the high school boys and girls easily gravitate to operating a computer in their hand.”