5:00pm Update: Students learn about elections first-hand | TheUnion.com

5:00pm Update: Students learn about elections first-hand

Dan Burkhart Nevada Union student, Trent Thacker, works at the Board 'A' voting booth.
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Several high school students did more than study elections today; they saw it first-hand as poll workers. None of them were old enough to vote but their appreciation for the right to vote was greatly strengthened today.

Erin Johnson, a Nevada Union High School senior, worked from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Alta Street polling venue in Grass Valley “to see the election process in action” for her AP American government class.

“It taught me that it’s easy to get out and vote,” Johnson, 17, said.

Similarly, Trent Thacker, another student in the American government class, was struck with the high turnout at the Alta Sierra polling venue.

“We have 130 absentee voters and 158 voters and the day’s only 50 percent over,” Thacker said excitedly at 2 p.m. “People are actually putting input into democracy.”

His co-worker Hayley Gowin, a Forest Lake Christian School senior, was there as part of a requirement for her economics class.

Gowin liked her class assignment.

“People are coming and choosing to vote,” Gowin said.

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