UT Tyler students to learn about elections process


The Smith County Elections Department and a local professor are teaming up to teach college students about the election process by giving them first-hand experience.

The Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday authorized Elections Administrator Karen Nelson to team up with Mark Owens, assistant professor of political science for the University of Texas at Tyler.

During the semester-long project, students would be asked to attend the poll worker training, work at a voting location on an election day and reflect on their experience in a report.

Mrs. Nelson said she began talking to Owens about the project in August, and the professor hopes to begin offering it to students in a campaign course in the fall.

- Betty Waters


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