For Immediate Release
May 4, 2018
SOS Press Office
Secretary of State Alex Padilla Invites Californians to Serve as Poll Workers for the June 5 Statewide Primary Election
SACRAMENTO - Secretary of State Alex Padilla is inviting Californians to serve as Election Day poll workers in their local communities for the upcoming June 5 Statewide Direct Primary.
"County elections officials need your help to run voting sites in your community," Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. "Our democracy is made possible by the dedicated service of poll workers. Californians who serve as poll workers are essential to ensuring smooth and secure elections. Starting at 16, you can also earn while you learn. High school students are eligible to serve as paid poll workers once they turn 16 and have a 2.5 GPA."
What do poll workers do?
- Set up and close a polling place
- Help voters understand their rights
- Protect the integrity of ballots and voting equipment
County elections officials in California are still in need of both English speaking and bilingual poll workers. Californians interested in serving as poll workers should contact their county elections office to sign up. Positions are paid and available in all parts of the state. County elections officials provide training to poll workers. The Secretary of State's office newly updated poll worker training standards are available online here.