Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Student Poll Worker Bill Moving Along

Two weeks ago, Todd blogged on the importance of HB 350, a piece of legislation sponsored by Rep. Larry Wolpert (R – Hilliard) that would allow college students to work as election officials at the polls in the county in which they attend school, as well as their home county.

The House State and Local Government Committee heard testimony from the president of the Ohio Association of Election Officials, the executive director of the central Ohio branch of Kids Voting USA, and from two high school seniors who had the opportunity to work at the polls in the November 2007 elections.

A few of our colleges’ political science departments have shown an interest in passage of this bill, citing the first-hand experience that the students could gain through this opportunity. Although the students would miss one day of classes, the work done would probably correlate to the subject matter being learned at the time.

Chairman Dave Daniels (R – Greenfield) has tentatively scheduled the bill for its third hearing on January 31, and a possible vote on February 7.

Dustin A. Holfinger