Modernization and Civic involvement

During each election, a great deal of valuable inventory travels between the warehouse, precincts, and early vote sites. Each move must be cataloged and recorded. Currently, the inventory system is an ongoing spreadsheet. This is not practical or efficient; it is archaic and in need of modernization. As Supervisor of Elections, I would implement a new inventory management system that would streamline the process and save valuable time for our team. In regards to our team, I would also update the election worker program. When speaking with individuals who have worked during elections, a common sentiment expressed was that they would benefit from a more thorough practice run—perhaps even a video they can review and reference.

Simultaneously, I would like to adopt the “Youth at the Booth” program used in Martin and Wakulla counties. This phenomenal program is for high school students, ages 16–18, who are pre-registered (or fully registered) to vote. Youth at the Booth allows these students to serve as poll workers, granting them a hands-on introduction to the process. They earn community service credits for training, get paid for working election day, and it looks great on college applications. Moreover, it encourages young people to be more involved in the voting process.

Another way we can capture the interest of young voters is by updating the presentations we give at the local high schools. We have been using the same slide show for years, and there are a plethora of other ways to present information. We want the next generation to invest in the voting process, and that is not going to happen if we keep doing the same outdated things. We must draw them in, and that cannot be done by presenting a program they learned to use in primary school.

Civic Invovlement: High School students involved in the process.
The Historic Citrus County Courthouse in Inverness, Florida.