As absentee voting underway, students train to volunteer at Fairfax Co. polls

Absentee voting in Fairfax County brought out student volunteers and first-time voters.
Students are also among those helping out at the polls on Nov. 6.
Thousands of people came to cast absentee polls as of Saturday morning.
Students were among those helping out at the polls and casting votes.
The last day to cast absentee ballots is Nov. 6.
Absentee voting in Fairfax county brought crowds of students and first-time voters.
With absentee voting in full swing in Virginia, voters headed to 10 polling locations across the county.
As of Saturday morning, about 26,000 people turned out for absentee voting in Fairfax County.
Nov. 3 is the last day for in-person absentee voting for the general election.
Absentee voting in Virginia is in full swing.

VIRGINIA — In-person absentee voting in Virginia is in full swing, and as voters head to the 10 polling locations across Fairfax County, students are preparing to help out at the polls on Nov. 6th.

“I’m going to be old enough to vote in the 2020 presidential election,” said Carson Miller, a 17-year-old James Madison High School student.

Miller attended a training program at the Fairfax County Government Center as part of the 635 students who will serve as volunteers at the polls. Just across the hall, Fairfax County residents filled out absentee ballots.

“It was kind of cool to see what everyone has to do to set it up and how long it takes,” said Miller.

Beth Methfessel, coordinator of High School Student Election Participation Program, or the Page Program, has been overseeing the program for 18 years.

“We have placed high school students in 240 of our 243 precincts, so almost 100 percent coverage in the county,” said Methfessel.

By the end of training, students will know how to handle voting equipment and count unmarked ballets.

Students were also among those who came out to vote.

Joseph Walter is one of the 26,000 Fairfax County residents who have already cast their absentee ballots. He’s 19 years old, and this is his first time voting.

“As someone who’s never been able to vote before, I haven’t really had any kind of say,” said Walter.

Walter’s mom, Sherri Walter, said it’s important that he has a voice.

“It’s really important in particular to get out and make sure that we’re electing people that represent our values,” she said.

There are 10 locations throughout the county where voters can cast their absentee ballots. Nov. 3 is the last day for in-person absentee voting for the general election.

Melissa Howell

Melissa Howell joined WTOP Radio in March 2018 and is excited to cover stories that matter across D.C., as well as in Maryland and Virginia. 

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