Teens take to the polls during election day
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — To be eligible to vote in Tuesday’s election, among other requirements, you needed to be at least 18 years old. But people younger than 18 are still trying to have their voices heard.
“What is your last name?” asked Mitchell Mollway, an election inspector.
He’s the first face you see when you walk in the doors. Voters took notice of his youthful appearance.
“It was definitely interesting and welcomed to see some younger faces,” said Steven Walker, a voter at Spence Elementary School.
Mitchell received a few comments about his age throughout the day.
“‘Aren’t you, like, 13? Why are you working here?'” Mitchell recalled.
He’s 17 years old. You have to be at least 16 to work at a polling location.
He had to take a course before he was able to help at this polling location. “But, they recommend you take a U.S. government class,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell is a junior in high school. He heard about the job during that course.
“I’m greeting them so they know which ward to go to to register and I’m also doing registration for voting,” he said.
He’s not the only teenager working at this location. Another teen is helping take voter registration forms and cards.
“They’re doing great. I really enjoy having new blood here,” said Ardelle Tuxon, an election inspector.
She admitted that it’s usually retirees like herself who make sure that Election Day runs smoothly.
“When we kinda get older and older, it gets really challenging to be here for the long hours. We need to see the young people coming in to fill in,” Tuxon said.
Both teens are prepared to fill their place.
“It’s neat to see kids that were not only here working but they’re all so knowledgeable about what they’re doing. They didn’t seem like they were asking a lot of questions. They were filling me in on a lot of stuff,” Walker said.
La Crosse County needs more than 100 poll workers each election. If you would like to be an election inspector, you’ll need to fill out an election inspector form and return it to the city clerk’s office. More information can be found here.
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