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More "Youth at the Booth" this election

The Board of Elections is taking part in a program called "Youth at the Booth." (FOX19 NOW Photo/Megan O'Rourke) The Board of Elections is taking part in a program called "Youth at the Booth." (FOX19 NOW Photo/Megan O'Rourke)
The Board of Elections is teaming up with area high schools to get tech-savvy teens involved. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Megan O'Rourke) The Board of Elections is teaming up with area high schools to get tech-savvy teens involved. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Megan O'Rourke)
The tablets were first used in the November election and experienced problems at some polling locations, which resulted in a court order to keep the polls open late. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Megan O'Rourke) The tablets were first used in the November election and experienced problems at some polling locations, which resulted in a court order to keep the polls open late. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Megan O'Rourke)
HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

Hamilton County voters may notice teens working the polls this March primary.

The Board of Elections is taking part in a program called "Youth at the Booth."
 
Sherry Poland, Director of the Board of Elections, says the benefits are two-fold. It gives teens exposure to the democratic process, while at the same time the teens are tech-friendly and able to quickly learn how to operate the e-poll books.

The tablets were first used in the November election and experienced problems at some polling locations, which resulted in a court order to keep the polls open late.

Poland says the problem was mostly due to a faulty router, which has since replaced. She also says poll worker feedback indicated not all workers were comfortable with the tablets.

Now, the Board of Elections is teaming up with area high schools to get tech-savvy teens involved.
 
"We think it's a great pairing to match up younger generation and their familiarity with our older generation and their experience with the election processes," Poland said.
 
In Ohio, High School Seniors who are 17 or older, can sign up to work the polls and share their technical expertise.
 
"I think just growing up I have an I phone. It's the same kind of concept, touch screens. I think just we've learned to us them since we were little," said Lauren Fershtman, a senior at Wyoming High School.
 
Fershtman and the other teens are required to attend one training class, help set-up the night before elections and work the polls on election day.

Participating teens are paid $181.

Interested teens can sign up here.

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