Did you know that it takes up to 400 Election Aides to serve at the County’s voting places in each Election? These civic-minded individuals have a shared mission to protect voter rights, serve voters with respect, and assist all voters with casting their vote.
Supported by the Elections Office staff, Election Aides make each Election possible in Placer County. We could not do it without you! Being an Election Aide is an exceptional opportunity to learn about the election process and serve your community. Sign up today!
WHAT TO EXPECT AS AN ELECTION AIDE
As an Election Aide, you will be assigned to one of Placer County’s many vote centers and be part of the team that makes each election happen. Vote center boards typically include 10 Election Aides. You and your vote center 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.
Election Aide responsibilities include assisting voters who come in to vote 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. Senior Election Aides have additional responsibilities such as picking up supplies, supervising and assigning duties to their team and ensuring the vote center is continually operating according to procedures.
What are the different positions?
Election Aide positions include Election Aide and Senior Election Aide.
Election Night Receiving Center Worker positions include Supervisor, Head Clerk, and Clerk. Election Night workers assist with unloading ballots at Elections Central.
Click here for a detailed description of each position: Election Aide Positions
How much will I be paid?
Election Aides in Placer County are considered temporary County employees and are offered an hourly wage. Current hourly amounts range from $16.22 to $21.16 depending on your position, and are subject to change at any time.
QUALIFICATIONS TO BE AN ELECTION AIDE
To serve as an Election Aide, you must:
- Be 18 years old.
- Be at least 16 years old if participating in our Student Election Aide 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 either:
- 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM for the 3 days leading up to Election Day and 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM on Election Day at a 4-day vote center. Election Aide Seniors have a slightly larger time commitment.
- 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM for the 10 days leading up to Election Day and 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Election Day at an 11-day vote center. Election Aide Seniors have a slightly larger time commitment.
BILINGUAL ELECTION AIDES
Do you speak another language? Placer County needs you!
We are actively seeking Election Aides who are fluent in English and any of the following languages:
Bilingual Election Aides are integral to ensuring language accessibility throughout Placer County vote centers. As a bilingual Election Aide, 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 ELECTION AIDE 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 helps high school students learn more about the importance of participating in elections and provides 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 Election Aide Program, click here: Student Election Aide program.
Volunteering through your club or organization is a great way to get involved and give back to the community, 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 vote centers with each election. We could not do it without you!
For more information about becoming an official elections service club with Placer County, click here: Service Clubs.
ELECTION AIDE TRAINING
Placer County wants to ensure all our Election Aides feel confident and knowledgeable before election day. Training is required for all Senior Election Aides before each election. Training is also required for all first-time Election Aides in Placer County, yet highly encouraged for all.
Election Aide 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.
ELECTION SUPPORT STAFF
The Placer County Elections Office is dedicated to ensuring that all our Election Aides 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 vote center.
Our Elections 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 vote center.
The Placer County Elections Office conducts accessibility surveys at all our vote centers 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 vote centers 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 Election Aides to feel unsupported or overwhelmed, so please give us a call, we are here to help you!
SIGN UP TO BE AN ELECTION AIDE
The Placer County Elections Office is always actively seeking willing volunteers to serve as Election Aides.
If you are interested in serving as an Election Aide and meet the qualifications we encourage you to sign up today!
Please note that applying to be an Election Aide does not guarantee a position. It will simply allow us to add you to our database to be notified when Election Aides are needed.
Are you interested in election aide work but don’t want to apply for the current upcoming elections? You can fill out our Election Aide Interest Form. Note that filling out and submitting this form only adds your name to our list of interested persons and is not the equivalent of completing the full application process. If you wish to complete the full application, follow the links under the APPLY NOW section.
*These links will direct you away from the Elections website and to the Placer County Jobs board to access the full applications.
For all questions and inquiries regarding Election Aides and volunteer opportunities please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!
Email: [email protected]
Mail: 3715 Atherton Road, Suite 2, Rocklin, CA 95765