Placer County has been honored to work with over 20 different organizations in the County to help staff polling places on Election Day.
Volunteering your club or organization to staff a polling place is a great way to get involved, give back to the community, and an excellent fundraising opportunity!
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Service Clubs will be assigned to one of the many polling places in Placer County and are fully responsible for providing the staff for their assigned precinct(s) with members from their club or organization. Service clubs are a tremendous help to Elections Office, as we do not have to recruit Poll Workers for your precinct knowing that your club is taking care of it.
Precinct boards typically include an Inspector, a Judge and 3 to 5 Clerks. Service clubs must provide a minimum of 5 members (per precinct) who are committed to serving. We would be happy to have you staff more than one precinct if you have lots of members eager to serve, more precincts equal more money for your club! Keep in mind that service clubs are also responsible for replacing workers if a member cancels or is not able to serve, so we encourage you to ensure you have enough members to provide backups if necessary.
In addition to providing the staff for your assigned precinct(s), service club responsibilities include, assisting voters who come in to vote on election day, by checking voters in, issuing 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 voting equipment, making translated materials available, and transferring the custody of ballots after the polls close. Inspectors have additional responsibilities such as picking up supplies, supervising and assigning duties to their team and ensuring the polling place is continually operating in accordance with county procedures, state, and federal laws.
All members of your club or organization who are planning to serve must meet the following qualifications:
- 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.
- Attend a mandatory training prior to each election.
Other qualifications specific to service clubs:
- Must provide a minimum of 5 workers (per precinct) who are committed to serving.
- Must have 2 members who are willing serve as the Inspector and the Judge.
- Inspector and Judge must commit to working the entire day; approximately 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- The Inspector and Judge must remain the same 2 people.
- Must provide backup workers if a member cancels or is not able to serve.
Placer County wants to ensure all our Poll Workers feel confident and knowledgeable before election day. Training is required for all Inspectors and Judges prior to 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.
SIGN UP TO BE A SERVICE CLUB
If you are interested in having your club or organization staff a polling place for upcoming or future elections, we encourage you to review the informational packet and sign up today!
Please note that submitting a service club application does not guarantee your club or organization will be placed.
For all questions and inquiries regarding service clubs please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!
Email: [email protected]
Mail: PO Box 5278 Auburn, CA 95604