Election Officers

Election Officers (often referred to as Poll Workers) serve at a Polling Place. They receive a stipend for each day they work. Serving at a polling location provides a look at the inner workings of elections and an opportunity to connect with the community.

Election Officers are trained to set up the Polling Place, assist voters and maintain ballot security and voting equipment.


All Election Officers are required to attend assigned training classes.

Election Officers must be:

  • A U.S. Citizen / Permanent Resident
  • Able to read and write English
  • At least 18 years old at the time of the election they will be working
  • High School students may be accepted under our Student Election Officer Program
  • Not in prison or on parole for a felony

Election Officer Application and Voter Registration forms are available at the Registrar of Voters' Office, located at 44 N. San Joaquin Street, Third Floor, Suite 350, Stockton, CA 95202. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (209) 468-2892 or email polls@sjgov.org if you have any questions.

The Election Officer Application forms can be printed using the PDF form located in the document section below.


Polling Place staff compensation start at $200.00 per day. Training classes will be $35.00 per class.

In order to be paid for your training class, you MUST work all assigned days. You may NOT work without attending training.

General Information

We require that all Election Officers are at their assigned Polling Place by their scheduled time. All Election Officers must remain at their assigned Polling Place until all closing procedures are complete.

Breaks and lunch will be assigned during non-peak hours. If you are unable to be at your assigned Polling Place on Election Day due to illness or another emergency, please contact the Registrar of Voters' Office at (209) 468-2892 as soon as you are able.

All Polling Place staff are responsible for the following:

  • Setting up voting booths and tables
  • Displaying voter instructions
  • Hanging the American flag properly
  • Demonstrating voting procedures as needed
  • Assisting any individuals who may have difficulty voting
  • Issuing ballots and secure ballots in ballot box
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned


Polling Place Staff

To be an Election Officer, you must:

  • Attend mandatory Election Officer Training prior to Election Day
  • Report to your assigned Polling Place at your scheduled time
  • Assist in the duties listed above
  • Ensure the Polling Place is open and ready to process voters on Election Day