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(Indianapolis) -- Griffith High School (GHS) senior Kyle Najar, son of Tim and Becky Najar, along with his classmates met Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita during the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) Student Day at the Legislature today in Indianapolis.
GHS joined other statewide high school classes at the Statehouse to watch the General Assembly in action and to meet other officials, including State Auditor Tim Berry and Dr. Suellen Reed, Superintendent of Public Instruction. The group also met Court of Appeals Chief Judge John Baker.
In his remarks, Munster native Rokita encouraged the students to become civically engaged by registering to vote if they were to turn 18 years old by Election Day in November.
"Staying informed and exercising your right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy," Rokita said.
He also explained how students could potentially be paid to work the polls.
"You might be surprised to learn that it takes over 30,000 poll workers to run Indiana's 5500 precincts on election day," Rokita said. "We have a program, Election Day Live, where 16 and 17 years olds such as yourself can participate on election day as poll workers."
To participate, students must be 16 or 17 years old, have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and have parent and school permission.
"It's a great way to serve your community and get first hand experience seeing democracy in action," Rokita said. "Plus, you can earn at least $80 for the day."
To participate in Election Day Live, students should call the Lake County Clerk's office at 219-755-3533 for information.
Gerald Mohr, IASP Associate Executive Director, said that the Student Day at the Legislature program "brings great educational value to students by providing the opportunity to visit the hub of Indiana's government to get a glance at its inner workings."
Additional information about Election Day Live or any programs of the Secretary of State's office can be obtained by calling 317-232-6532 or by visiting http://www.in.gov/sos/
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