Did you know that it takes up to 1,500 Poll Workers to serve at the County’s polling places on Election day? These civic-minded individuals have a shared mission to protect voter rights, serve voters with respect, and assist all voters with casting their vote.
Working together with their precinct board, and supported by the Elections Office staff, Poll Workers make Election Day possible in Placer County. We could not do it without you!
Being a Poll Worker is an exceptional opportunity to learn about the election process and serve your community. Sign up today!
WHAT TO EXPECT AS A POLL WORKER
As a Poll Worker, you will be assigned to one of Placer County’s many polling places and be part of the team that makes Election Day happen. Precinct boards typically include an Inspector, a Judge and 3 to 5 Clerks. You and your precinct board will be supported by the dedicated Elections Office staff providing remote assistance from the Elections Office, and field support staff providing in person assistance at the polls.
Poll Worker responsibilities include assisting voters who come in to vote on election day, by checking voters in, issuing ballots or replacement ballots, and completing various other tasks that are critical to ensuring the integrity of the election process including but not limited to: setting up accessible voting equipment, making translated materials available, and transferring the custody of ballots after the polls close. Rovers and Inspectors have additional responsibilities such as picking up supplies, supervising and assigning duties to their team and ensuring the polling place is continually operating according to procedures.
What are the different positions?
Poll Worker positions include: Inspector, Judge, Clerk and Rover.
Election Night Worker positions include: Supervisor, Head Clerk and Clerk.
Click here for a detailed description of each position: Poll Worker Positions
How much will I be paid?
At this time, being appointed as a Poll Worker in Placer County is considered a volunteer opportunity and not a paid or hired position; therefore, you will not receive an hourly wage. We do however offer a small stipend to help offset some of your expenses. Stipend amounts range depending on your position and are subject to change at any time.
Governor Gavin Newsom issued executive orders N-64-20 and N-67-20 for the November 3, 2020 General Election in the March 4, 2020 proclamation of a State of Emergency in California due to the threat of COVID-19.
Every voter in California automatically received a vote by mail ballot. The requirement to mail all voters ballots was extended through 2021 by the California Legislature by Senate Bill 29. Even though we mail ballots to all voters, we still provide in-person voting opportunities and assistance.
For all upcoming elections, we will be providing face masks, face shields, gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting kits in all our polling places. We will also be implementing social distancing and training all Poll Workers on how to keep their working areas clean and safe.
Placer County works with our local health officials, the California Department of Public Health, and the California Secretary of State’s office and recognizes that further changes may be needed to safely administer our elections. While the impacts felt by the current health pandemic continue evolving, we are reviewing options for the safe and healthy administration of our elections. The goal of any changes would be to protect voting rights, voting access, public health, and public safety.
QUALIFICATIONS TO BE A POLL WORKER
To serve as a Poll Worker, you must:
- Be 18 years old.
- Be at least 16 years old if participating in our Student Poll Worker Program.
- Be a U.S. citizen, and a registered voter in the state of California, or a non-citizen with permanent resident status who would otherwise be eligible to vote.
- Be able to speak, read, and write the English language.
- Be able to communicate effectively and follow written instructions.
- Be able to attend mandatory in-person training prior to each election.
- Commit to working the entire day 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Times may vary based on position).
BILINGUAL POLL WORKERS
Do you speak another language? Placer County needs you!
We are actively seeking Poll Workers who are fluent in English and any of the following languages:
Bilingual Poll Workers are integral to ensuring language accessibly throughout Placer County polling places. As a bilingual Poll Worker, you will be readily available to greet, assist and translate election materials in your language to any voter who requires language assistance.
Sign up today and be sure to indicate what other language(s) you speak!
STUDENT POLL WORKER PROGRAM
As future leaders of our communities, high school students benefit greatly from this opportunity to gain a greater awareness of the election process and voter rights. This program will also enable high school students to learn more about the importance of participating in elections and provide an opportunity to give back to your community! We would love to have you join us!
For an application and more information about Placer County’s Student Poll Worker Program click here: Student Poll worker program.
Volunteering your club or organization is a great way to get involved, give back to the community, and not to mention, an excellent fundraising opportunity!
Placer County has been honored to work with over 20 different organizations in the County to help staff polling places on Election Day. We could not do it without you!
For more information about becoming an official elections service club with Placer County click here: Service Clubs.
POLL WORKER TRAINING
Placer County wants to ensure all our Poll Workers feel confident and knowledgeable before election day. Training is required for all Inspectors and Judges for each election. Training is also required for all first-time clerks in Placer County, yet highly encouraged for all.
Poll Worker training will cover: the rights of voters, proper setup and operation of voting equipment, processing of voters, (including standard, vote-by-mail, and provisional voters), language and accessibility resources, custody procedures for voted ballots and other election materials, new health and safety procedures, and other essential topics.
Please check back here for specific training information and dates prior to each election.
Poll Worker training Manual *Coming soon! *
ELECTION SUPPORT STAFF
The Placer County Elections Office is dedicated to ensuring that all our Poll Workers feel confident, supported, and ready to serve. In addition to our in depth, hands on training, our office provides support personnel that will be available to help with any potential issues that may arise at a polling place.
Our Election Help line will be available to take calls and walk you through any procedural questions that you may have.
Our Information Technology help line will be available to assist you and walk you through any equipment issues that you may encounter at a polling place.
The Placer County Elections Office conducts accessibility surveys at all our polling places prior to the election to ensure that every facility meets the guidelines and is deemed accessible for all voters. Support personnel will be readily available to help mitigate any potential accessibility issues and our office will also provide you with detailed instructions and diagrams to assist you in setting up equipment.
Field support staff will also be available to ensure that equipment is set up properly and that all polling places are open and operating according to procedures. Staff will also be available to replenish any needed supplies throughout the day.
We do not want our Poll Workers to feel unsupported or overwhelmed, so please give us a call, we are here to help you!
SIGN UP TO BE A POLL WORKER
The Placer County Election’s Office is always actively seeking willing volunteers to serve as Poll Workers on Election Day.
If you are interested in serving as a Poll Worker and meet the qualifications we encourage you to sign up today!
Please note that applying to be a Poll Worker does not guarantee a position. It will simply allow us to add you to our database to be notified when Poll Workers are needed.
Click here for a paper application: Poll Worker Interest Form
POLL WORKER APPLICATION
For all questions and inquiries regarding Poll Workers and volunteer opportunities please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!
Email: [email protected]
Mail: PO Box 5278 Auburn, CA 95604