Marion Co. Clerk's Office Wins Statewide Award for yVote Program
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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Media Contact:

Karen Avery, 317.829.3656
Angie Nussmeyer, 317.327.5099
Marion County Government Wins Statewide Award
for yvote program

INDIANAPOLIS – The Association of Indiana Counties’ (AIC) has awarded Marion County the 2012 County Achievement Award for the yVote program. Click on following link to view video presentation Counties that win this prestigious award must demonstrate that the project meets the following criteria:
  • Substantial leadership to plan and complete the project
  • It can be utilized by other counties.
  • It resulted in cost savings or increased efficiency and effectiveness of government.
  • It was a creative approach to finding solutions for a difficult problem.
Since creating the yVote program in 2008 Marion County Circuit Court Clerk Beth White has visited 23 high schools, teaching the yVote curriculum to high school seniors. The yVote curriculum provides students a hands-on opportunity to vote in a mock election that utilizes actual ballots and voting machines. Students also learn the difference between local, state and federal governments and how those different branches of government impact their lives.
The program also provides age-eligible students the opportunity to register to vote. The Marion County Clerk’s office has registered to vote more than 2,300 students since 2008.
White said the program has also been a great tool for involving students as workers at voting sites.
“The greatest generation of our poll workers is retiring from the process. We must bring a new generation into the process and our yVote program has been a terrific recruiting tool.”
Leona Glazebrooks, a social studies teacher at Warren Central High School, is a big supporter of the yVote program because she has seen its positive impact on her students.
“This program definitely has a lasting effect on students,” said Glazebrooks. “I see it especially when I run into students who’ve already graduated. I’ll run into them at the grocery store or other places in the community and they often proudly tell me they still vote.”
The County Achievement Award was announced Tuesday evening during the AIC Annual Conference in Indianapolis. Counties that win this award are chosen by a committee comprised of elected county officials from across the state.
During the conference the AIC’s Board of Directors also adopted its 2013 legislative platform and held elections for its executive board of directors. The AIC Board of Directors sets policies and legislative goals for the Association of Indiana Counties which represents all 92 Indiana counties.
The Association of Indiana Counties, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1957 for the betterment of county government.  The various functions of the AIC include lobbying the Indiana General Assembly on behalf of counties, serving as liaison among counties, state and federal agencies as well as providing technical assistance and training to county officials and employees.

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