Volunteer Opportunities with ROAR the Vote
If you are interested in mobilizing RIT students to get out and vote, consider volunteering with ROAR the Vote. As a non-partisan volunteer you will table at university wide events and in-between classes in the SAU, and help implement RTV events such as debates, film screenings, and our absentee ballot party! Interested students must go through a mandatory training before volunteering.
Monroe County Election Fellows
The Monroe County Election Fellows (MCEF) Program promotes student civic engagement by recruiting, training, and mobilizing students to work at the polls on Election Day. MCEF is a community program made possible by the Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement’s collaboration with the Board of Elections and other regional colleges. This is RIT’s first year joining MCEF and we are looking for 60 students to join in our efforts!
The MCEF Program seeks to engage college students in the democratic process not just as voters, but as election inspectors at the polls on Election Day. Through this unique opportunity, students:
- gain a deeper understanding of civic life in Monroe County,
- an in-depth understanding of the logistics of conducting a democratic election, and
- a stronger sense of commitment to the democratic process.
Each local university has set the goal to recruit 60 students to work as election inspectors in this year’s elections. These election inspectors will work alongside community poll workers in monitoring the polls in our local area. There are almost 800 voting districts in Monroe County that are in need of workers for Election Day and about 3,200 inspectors are needed! Students will be a key element in filling the gap of required poll workers.
Two students from each partner institution are hired as Election Fellows. They receive advanced technical, civic, and leadership training and are responsible for designing and implementing strategies to recruit poll workers (election inspectors) from their respective colleges. Election Fellows must be registered to vote in Monroe County as either a Democrat or a Republican, or be willing to update their registration to meet these requirements. Learn more about the Election Fellows position here.
Monroe County Election Inspectors (poll workers) are responsible for monitoring elections in Monroe County. Election Inspectors work in bi-partisan teams at polling sites across the county to ensure that voters are processed in a fair and efficient manner according to election law. They are compensated for their work on Election Day.
Election Day responsibilities include:
- signing in voters,
- handing out ballots,
- assisting voters with disabilities, and
- explaining voting technology.
Inspectors must be registered to vote in Monroe County as either a Democrat or a Republican, or be willing to update their registration to meet these requirements. Election Inspectors attend a mandatory training prior to Election Day. Transportation to and from your assigned polling site will be coordinated by your college's Election Fellow (for students from the seven partner institutions serving as inspectors). Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
Election inspector applications will open in September 2018.