The municipal election has come and gone, but one point on which to comment hasn’t.
It’s likely that more than one voter entered a Ketchikan precinct and, at the least, made a mental note about the youth of some of this year’s poll workers.
The observation crossed our mind at the time, but didn’t seem to be here nor there as long as the voting experience proved successful. It did.
Come to find out, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough has organized a program — Youth Vote Ambassador Program — that enables Ketchikan High School students to assist at voting places.
It’s one of those ideas that makes one smack the head and say, “Why didn’t I think of that sooner.”
What a great learning experience for students on several levels — being at the scene on voting day, participating in the process, interacting with voters and gaining a sense of what it takes to maintain a democracy.
This was the second time that the program occurred in Ketchikan, and, hopefully, there will be a third and many others moving forward.
Nine students participated this year in the various precincts about the community, and they were allowed to do any of the roles assigned to poll workers, such as checking voter identification, registering voters, and organizing questioned ballots all for which they had been trained.
All said and done, the students did a marvelous job and, once again, Ketchikan has seated a new batch of elected leaders.
Let’s do it again next year.