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Apply to be a Poll Worker!

Watch our video that explains how you can apply to serve as a poll worker on Election Day and what the job entails!

General Qualifications

  1. Be a United States citizen
  2. Registered to vote in the State of California. 
  3. Able to write, read, and speak English fluently. 
  4. Be over the age of 18 by Election Day*
  5. If you are a non-citizen, LEGAL RESIDENT of the United States, you may work as a Translator

*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 Poll Worker.

Duties

Every polling place is staffed with one “Inspector,” who manages the polling place and up to four “Clerks,” “Translators,” or “High School Students” who assist.

Inspector duties

    1. Attend one training class that will clearly explain Poll Worker duties.
    2. Pick up a supply bag after class that includes official Election Day ballots and supplies, and bring the bag with you on Election Day.
    3. Serve at an assigned polling place on Election Day from 6am until all duties are completed at approx 9:30pm.
    4. Oversee and assist Clerks in preparing polling place for voting.
    5. Assist voters in accordance with Election Laws and defined procedures.
    6. Oversee and assist Clerks in closing the polls.

Clerk, Translator, and High School Student duties
    1. Attend one training class that will clearly explain Poll Worker duties.
    2. Serve at an assigned polling place on Election Day from 6am until all duties are completed at approx 9:30pm.
    3. Assist in preparing polling place for voting.
    4. Assist voters in accordance with Election Laws and defined procedures.
    5. Assist in closing the polls.
    6. Bilingual residents who are fluent in English as well as Chinese, or Spanish, Filipino, Korean, Vietnamese, or Japanese are highly encouraged to apply!

    Hours and Stipend

    All Poll Workers 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, you will receive a stipend of $142-$195 for your service on Election Day.

    How to Apply

    Before you can serve as a poll worker, you will need to report to the Poll Worker Recruitment Office to take an assessment exam and undergo a brief interview; the whole process should take less than an hour. The Department of Elections Recruitment Office is located in the lower level of City Hall in room 43B, and is open starting the second week in September, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30am to 4pm; you do not need an appointment!

    Online Poll Worker Application, (If you are a High School Student, apply here).

    More questions? See our Poll Worker FAQs.

    Last updated: 8/21/2015 3:01:04 PM