Voter turnout during the 2020 presidential election reached record-breaking highs and the Williams County Board of Elections on Tuesday joined a statewide initiative to ensure rates remain high years in the future.

Kids Voting Ohio is a “non-partisan, non-profit organization that serves Ohio schools through voter education and preparedness, promoting civic engagement and increased family and community communication about citizenship,” according to the organization’s website. “Kids Voting Ohio is an affiliate of Kids Voting USA.”

Kids Voting Ohio provides a curriculum for students in third to 12th grade, helps schools and classes conduct mock elections and field trips to elections board offices, maintains a video library through which students can learn more about local government, provides scholarship opportunities and helps organize voter registration drives.

County Elections Director Evan Raub told the elections board during its meeting on Tuesday there was no cost to participate. The board approved joining by a 3-0 vote; Board Chairman Scott Towers was absent.

In other action, the board briefly discussed credit hours for maintaining certification for board members and directors, as well as the use of Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, which helped the board pay for a new server and printer, among other items.

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