Students to help in primary elections

January 27, 2008 2:30:14 PM PST
A record number of Chicago area high school and college students will play a big part in February's presidential primary.

Thirteen hundred students will serve as equipment managers in precincts across suburban Cook County.

Many of them got the necessary training on the equipment Sunday. In addition, to making sure the voting machines work properly, the students will also answer any questions voters may have about how to use the machines.

"It's important for us younger generation to realize if we want to see a change in our society we have to be a part of it I am interested in just seeing how I can be part of it and help out in the community," said Stephanie Palacios, a student worker.

The student workers will join about 11,000 judges in those suburban precincts.