Ashburn, VA (February 1, 2017) – Loudoun County election officials are celebrating the success of the Election Page program for high school students. All Loudoun County high schools were represented by more than 100 student pages assigned to county polling places during the general election on November 8th.
Through the Election Page program, high school students are encouraged to participate in a volunteer capacity at the polls. Student pages have the opportunity to earn volunteer hours, receive a certificate and a letter of acknowledgement from Director of Elections Judy Brown, who also serves as general registrar. The students are assigned to a polling place and assist election officers with various duties to help ensure a smooth voting process.
Among all the volunteers, Brown said there are two members of the school community who stood out for their work to advance the program. “We especially want to thank Loudoun Valley High School social science teacher Kimberly Vegliante, who was a major cheerleader for the program. Through her efforts, we held a special training at the school to accommodate all the volunteers. We would also like to recognize Stone Bridge High School senior Nalin Bhatt. Not only did Nalin serve as a page on Election Day, he took it a step further and volunteered his Saturdays prior to the election to help out at the absentee precinct in Leesburg.”
The Outreach Division of the Office of Elections works directly with the social science teachers in the high schools to encourage students to be civically engaged by volunteering at the polls. The office recruits pages for every election. In 2017, the election schedule includes a primary in June and general election in November. More information about the program is available on the Loudoun County website here.