High school students who are 16 years of age or older now have the opportunity to participate in the electoral process by serving as Student Election Clerks at any polling place during Early Voting or on Election Day. A student who is at least 16 years of age and who is enrolled in a public or private high school or home school and has the consent of the Principal (or parent/legal guardian in charge of education in home school) may serve as a Student Election Clerk. The Lubbock County Elections Office must receive written authorization from the student’s parent or guardian for the student to serve in the election for which he or she is appointed.
This program is designed to provide students with a greater awareness of the electoral process and the rights and responsibilities of voters. The students will assist their local election officials by filling positions at polling places during the Early Voting period or on Election Day and working under the direction of the Presiding Judge.
Some of the benefits of serving as a Student Election Clerk are:
- Election workers are paid hourly for their service
Students will gain practical experience by serving their community and the State of Texas
Experience as a Student Election Clerk is an impressive addition to a resumé or college application
Students can take part in a rewarding activity while learning about the democratic process
Students can earn community service hours for school
To qualify as a Student Election Clerk, the student must:
- Be at least 16 years old on Election Day
Be enrolled in a public, private, or qualified home school
Be a U.S. citizen
Have consent of his/her parent or legal guardian to work the election
Have consent of his/her school principal (or parent/legal guardian for home-schooled students)
Complete any required election worker training program
Working under the supervision of the Presiding Judge, Student Election Clerks may assist with the following duties:
- Organizing the polling place before the election polls open
Ensuring that qualified voters are permitted to vote
Checking in and processing voters
Providing instructions and assistance to voters
Explaining the use of the voting equipment
Maintaining order in the polling place during Early Voting or on Election Day
Assisting with the closing of the election polls
- Have your parent or guardian sign the parent/legal guardian permission portion.
Have your school Principal sign the School Principal Permission portion. Also, take the proper steps to ensure that your absence from school in order to work during Early Voting or on Election Day will be excused.
You may fax, mail, hand-deliver or email the completed application to:
Lubbock County Elections Office
Attn: Kristen Phelps
1308 Crickets Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79408
Try to send the application at least 60 days prior to Election Day (even though there is no statutory deadline).
To be selected, you must attend the required election training class prior to serving as a Student Election Clerk. This training provides all the necessary information and knowledge to be a successful elections clerk.
Work at the polls as assigned during Early Voting or on Election Day.
- A school district may excuse a student for the purpose of serving as an Early Voting and/or Election Day clerk for a maximum of two days in a school year. (Example: A student could work two weekdays during Early Voting for an election held on a Saturday, and then also work on Election Day, as the student would only have to be excused from school for two days.)
Up to four Student Election Clerks may work at a single Early Voting site at a time, and up to two Student Election Clerks may work at an Election Day polling place at a time.
Remember…When you turn 18, you will have reached the age to serve as a regular Election Clerk or Judge!
For more information, see Student Election Clerk Information on the Texas Secretary of State website.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Elections Office at 806-775-1338.