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More than 1,300 students to work Cook County polling locations

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Thousands of high school and college students will serve as election judges in polling locations across suburban Cook County next week.

About 1,350 high school juniors and seniors from 71 schools applied to work as judges on Nov. 6, a release from the Cook County Clerk's office said. Another 1,300 college students from 45 schools applied to work as judges or equipment managers.

"Getting young people involved early helps to solidify voting as an integral part of their lives," Clerk David Orr said in a statement.

Among participating high schools, New Trier will have more than 100 students participating, while Hillcrest, Loyola Academy, Maine West and Maine South will each have about 80, the release said.

Dan Fouts, Maine Wests government teacher, said the program is an invaluable opportunity for students to become active citizens.

"Students see firsthand the hard work that goes into elections and begin to appreciate how their democracy works," he said in the statement. "This understanding provides a framework for a life-long appreciation for government and an inspiration to get involved through voting and other means."

Moraine Valley Community College had nearly 300 students apply, while Loyola had about 237, the release said.

Orr introduced the program for high school seniors in 1999, and it was extended to juniors in 2007. The college program started in 2008.

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