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It's a job typically held by the older generation.
"I've been doing it for over 25 years," said Stefanie Yoekel-Miller. “I think it's patriotism. I'm a naturalized citizen and I think that we should do something for our country."
It is not often the longtime election inspector finds young people volunteering at the polls.
"I think it's great. I think young people and old people should always mix."
This year, nearly a half dozen University of Rochester students are offering their time to be election inspectors at this Greece polling site. They are a part of the Monroe County Election Fellows program.
“My job, I guess, is to check voters in, assist them if they have questions,” said Harry Brookstein.
Although they are paid for the day, they have all volunteered their time to help voters out.
"It's an opportunity that a lot of people don't have, is to become civically engaged. It's also important for people to start early,” said Brookstein.
Two hundred students from five area colleges were assigned to sites across the county. U of R biology student Mackenzie Tsang-Lee says she signed up to become more informed about her community.
"I'm actually not a politically active person. I'm actually an example of someone that wants to become politically active or more aware of local government," said Mackenzie.
Program leaders say this started last year with the help of a federal grant. Its aimed to get students interested in civic services and local government.
"Students are coming from outside of Monroe County, from around the state and across the country, and in order to serve in this way they have to register to vote here in Monroe County and that requires them to get engaged and learn about local politics,” said Glenn Cerosaletti, a program leader.
Even though volunteering is only for one day, students say hopefully this experience will be something that lasts longer.
“Hopefully, like, when we're older, we will still come back and work as election inspectors and kind of relate to the younger generation too because it is possible,” said Mackenzie.