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Youth at the Booth (YAB)

The Franklin County Board of Elections works with high schools to offer the opportunity of being a poll worker to seniors who meet the criteria.  Students are an important part of our Election Day team, serving Franklin County voters with the same responsibilities as our adult poll workers.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Students should contact the YAB sponsor at their high school.  This could be a government/civics or other teacher, a librarian or guidance counselor. If a student is unsure who to contact, they should ask in the school office.
Teachers should contact the Youth at the Booth Coordinator at 614.525.5731.  Deadlines for Primary Elections are ten to twelve weeks prior to Election Day.  Deadlines for General Elections are varied, based on the beginning date of each school, and have a much shorter turnaround time.
 
AM I ELIGIBLE?
Yes, if you are:
  • At least 17 years old
  • A senior in high school
  • In good standing at your high school
  • Able to complete the application process by your school’s deadline, including registering to vote, if applicable
  • Able to attend a mandatory training session
 
WHEN AM I NEEDED?
YAB work as poll workers for primary and general elections held in the county.
  • Primary Elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May. (Presidential Primaries – Date determined by the Ohio Legislature, usually held in March)
  • General Elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
 
WHERE WILL I WORK?
Many public buildings such as public schools, township halls, libraries and churches are used as polling locations.  Voting locations must be barrier free.
Efforts are made to place you at a location close to home.
 
 
HOW MUCH WILL I GET PAID?
  • Youth at the Booth Pay
    • Election Day: $133.72
    • Training: $15.00
 
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?
  • Report to work at 5:30 a.m. on Election Day.
  • Open the voting machines.
  • Help voters.
  • Close voting machines. (Polls close at 7:30 p.m.)