Earn money and make a difference—Serve as a Poll Worker on Election Day!

Gain hands-on experience and take part in the single most important day in our democracy—Election Day!

Who can be a poll worker?

To serve as a poll worker you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident; or
  • An eligible high school student

What does a poll worker do?

  • Sets up and closes a polling place
  • Helps voters understand their rights
  • Protects ballots and voting equipment

Why be a poll worker?

  • Get involved and assist voters
  • Contribute to your community and meet your neighbors
  • Earn extra money (amount varies by county)

High School Poll Workers

To serve as a high school poll worker, a student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Be at least 16 years old on Election Day
  • Attend a public or private high school
  • Have at least a 2.5 grade point average
  • Get permission from your parents and school
  • Attend a training session

For more information about being a poll worker, contact your county elections office or call the California Secretary of State at (800) 345-VOTE (8683), or visit www.sos.ca.gov.

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