BV students serve as election pages

Friday, February 28, 2020
From left, Berryville students Cecilia Doss, JoDee Smith, Shane Wilson and Gavin Wilson participate in a poll worker training session Thursday, Feb. 13.
Haley Schichtl / Carroll County News

By Haley Schichtl

Four Berryville High School students — Cecilia Doss, JoDee Smith, Shane Wilson and Gavin Wilson — will serve as student pages for the upcoming primary election.

The students will work the polls on election day, Tuesday, March 3, after school until the polls close.

County clerk Connie Doss said the students are doing it as a school project.

“Legislation was passed where high school students could be election pages,” Connie Doss said. “They can do it during the school day and it would be considered a school activity absence.”

Doss said she wants to inform the county students about voting.

“I wanted to start small, with Berryville, then for the November election, we’ll expand it to the other school districts — Green Forest, Eureka Springs,” Connie Doss said. “I’m hoping by the end of the year, during Bobcat time, I can talk to the seniors about registering to vote and absentee ballots.”

She said the Green Forest school board has also voted to allow students to be pages.

“It just exposes them to the election process … and that it is important for them to register to vote and to vote,” Connie Doss said. “There will be a poll worker there. We won’t just let them loose; they will be heavily supervised.”

Doss’ daughter, Cecilia, is 17, but the other three students are 18 and registered to vote. All four students agreed that voting is important.

“We are in AP Government and we had the opportunity to be poll workers for a project, so we decided to jump on that and fulfill our civic duty,” Cecilia Doss said.

“Voting is a way to share your opinion and get your voice out there,” Smith said.

Gavin Wilson said their teacher Matthew Sayer says that voter turnout is the most important part of an election.

“We live in a democracy and that means being able to choose your own government,” Shane Wilson said. “So if you don’t vote, you’re not participating in what the country was built on.”

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