- Be a United States citizen
- Registered to vote in the State of California.
- Able to write, read, and speak English fluently.
- Be over the age of 18 by Election Day*
*If you are under the age of 18, but are a High School Student in San Francisco, you are eligible to work as a High School Pollworker.
- Attend one training class that will clearly explain Pollworker duties.
- Work at an assigned polling place on Election Day from 6am until all duties are completed at approx 9:30pm.
- Assit in preparing polling place for voting.
- Assist voters in accordance with Election Laws and defined procedures.
- Assist with closing the polls.
Hours and Pay-
All Pollworkers must arrive at the polling place no later than 6:00 a.m. on Election Day. Although the polls officially close at 8:00 p.m., Election Day does not end until all materials have been picked up (usually around 9:00 p.m. or 9:30 p.m.). There will be meal breaks during the day.
Depending on your assignment, Pollworkers are paid between $122 and $170 for working on Election Day.
How to Apply-
All applicants must pass an assessment test and undergo a brief interview to qualify as Pollworkers. Several months prior to Election Day, the Department opens the Pollworker Hiring Office at City Hall in room 43B to assess applicants. During this time, you can take the assessment on a walk-in basis; the office is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm. You are also welcome to fill out the online Pollworker Application at any time and we will contact you prior to the next election to let you know when the Pollworker Hiring Office is open.
Online Pollworker Application, (If you are a High School Student, apply here).
More questions? See our Pollworker FAQs.