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October 6, 2014

Contact: Nicole Winger
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Help Wanted in Alameda County on Election Day

SACRAMENTO - The Alameda County Registrar of Voters is still seeking poll workers for the November 4 general election, Secretary of State Debra Bowen reported today. Bilingual poll workers are especially needed – people who are fluent in Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog or Vietnamese, in addition to English.

Elections officials in some other California counties are also still recruiting poll workers for election day.

Each statewide election requires a one-day workforce of 100,000 poll workers in more than 24,000 polling places across California. Alameda County will have 795 polling places that need to be staffed with a total of 4,000 poll workers for the November 4 election. Poll workers can earn between $110 and $190 for their service.

"Poll workers are crucial to the success of an election. They help to safeguard ballots, remind voters about their rights, ensure voters with disabilities can exercise their right to vote, and more," said Secretary Bowen, the state’s chief elections official.

A Californian can serve as a poll worker if he or she is a registered voter or a legal permanent resident of California, or a high-school student who is at least 16 years old and has a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher.

For more information and to fill out a poll worker application, visit Alameda County’s website at or call (510) 272-6971. Visit for more statewide information about poll workers.