Before each statewide election, thousands of Californians sign up to help put on the single most important event we hold in a democracy. County elections officials depend on reliable, dedicated teams of poll workers to make every Election Day run smoothly.
To serve as a poll worker you must be:
Contact your county elections official for an application and answers to your questions about serving as a poll worker in your county.
California Elections Code section 12302 allows eligible high school students to serve as poll workers on Election Day. Student poll workers learn firsthand how elections are run, and provide much needed support at polling place locations. They end their day with a better understanding of the importance of voting and the vital role poll workers play in making our elections run smoothly.
County elections officials may assign up to five high school students to serve as poll workers in each election precinct. Students work under the direct supervision of appointed adult poll workers.
To serve as a high school poll worker, a student must:
In addition to learning firsthand how elections are run, student poll workers can be paid a stipend that generally ranges between $65 and $150, depending on the county.
For more information about becoming a high school poll worker, please contact your county elections official.
To encourage high school students to serve as poll workers, the Secretary of State invites students, teachers, school activities directors and others to post, email or hand out the High School Poll Worker recruitment flyer.
Government Code section 19844.7, allows state employees to take time off, without loss of pay, to serve as poll workers on Election Day.
For more information, please contact your county elections official.
Elections Code section 12309.5, requires the Secretary of State to adopt uniform poll worker training standards. These 2010 revised standards reflect lessons learned and changes in state law that have taken effect since the original standards were published in 2006.
In 2017 the California State Legislature passed the California Voting for All Act. This legislation updated the language service requirements for county elections officials and established a new reporting process directing the California Secretary of State to collect data related to the recruitment of bilingual poll workers from county officials.
In response, the California Secretary of State conducted a survey of county elections officials regarding their recruitment of bilingual poll workers for the November 6, 2018, General Election. This report provides information and analysis of the data collected in the survey. The responses from each county have also been posted.