Student Workers

If you are interested in becoming a student election worker, please fill out an application for Student Election Workers.

Attention Johnson County High School Students

On July 1, 2000, a new law went into effect in Kansas with the hope that it would provide for a greater awareness of the election process, the rights and responsibilities of voters, and the importance of participating in the electoral process. This law was designed for students and to help election officials fill positions at the polling place on Election Day.

In 2015, the law was updated to increase the number of student election workers that can work in a polling place from one student worker to no more than one-third of the workers at the location. These student workers must possess the following qualifications:

  • Is at least 16 years of age at the time of the election in which he or she is serving as a member of a precinct board.
  • Is a United States citizen or will be a citizen at the time of the election in which he or she is serving as a member of a precinct board.
  • Submits a letter of recommendation from a school teacher, counselor or administrator.

The Student Election Worker Program provides you the opportunity to participate in government, serve your community, and learn about the electoral process. Hopefully this opportunity will encourage you to become active voters when you reach 18 years of age and to continue participating in the administration of the electoral process.

All area high schools participating in this program consider Election Day to be a community service/excused absence day. As an added bonus, you are paid the same as any poll worker - $110. You will work with a supervising judge, who has responsibility for the operation of the polling place. As a student election worker, you will be required to attend a three-hour training session, for which you will be paid an additional $15. Our office will notify you of the time and date of the training.

We hope that you will choose to participate in the Student Election Worker Program. Working together, we can take a positive step in reducing the decline in voter participation - now and in the future.

If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact the Election Office election worker hotline: (913) 715-6836, or e-mail at [email protected].