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Election Officers

  • Election Officers, or Poll Workers, typically serve only on Election Day and receive a stipend for the day. Serving at a poll 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. Newer Election Officers are placed at precincts with experienced workers.

    Requirements

    All Election Officers are required to attend an assigned training class. Depending on position, the class length can range from 2 to 4 hours. Clerks must attend a 2 hour class while Inspectors must attend a 4 hour class.  Training Classes begin up to 6 weeks before the election.

    Election Officers must be:


    • A U.S. Citizen
    • Able to read and write English
    • At least 18 years old at the time of the election they will be working
    • A registered voter
    • Not in prison or on parole for a felony

    If you are not currently registered to vote, you are required to complete an affidavit of registration before you can apply to work as a Election Officer. Election Officer Applications 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.

    Compensation
    PositionAmount ($)
    Clerk $130.00
    Inspector $175.00
    Training Class * $35.00

    * NOTE: In order to be paid for your training class, you MUST work on Election Day. You may NOT work without attending training.

    General Information

    We require that all Election Officers are at their assigned polling place by 6:00 AM on the morning of the election. All Election Officers must remain at their assigned polling place until all closing procedures are complete. Lunch (1hr), dinner (1/2hr), and breaks (15min) will be assigned prior to election day by your Inspector. 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.

    We require our Election Officers to request a Vote-by-Mail ballot prior to election day.
    NOTE: If you use all of your scheduled break time to vote at your voting precinct, you will not get an additional break. For more information on Vote-by-Mail follow this link or call (209) 468-2892.

    All Board Members are responsible for the following:


    • set up voting booths and tables;
    • display voter instructions;
    • hang the American flag properly;
    • demonstrate voting procedures as needed;
    • assist any individuals who may have difficulty voting;
    • issue ballots and secure ballots in ballot box after they have been voted.
    Positions

    Clerk

    To be a Clerk, you must:

    • Attend mandatory Election Officer Training prior to Election Day,
    • Report to your assigned Polling Place no later than 6:00am Election morning,
    • Assist in the duties listed above.

    Inspector

    The Inspector provides guidance to their assigned precinct board.
    To be an Inspector, you must:

    • Attend mandatory Election Officer Training prior to Election Day,
    • Picking up election supplies, i.e. ballots, roster of voters, precinct indexes, etc. the Saturday before Election Day, also known as Supply Pick up.
    • Contact your polling place prior to Election Day to confirm you will have entry Election morning,
    • Assign Election Day positions to your clerks, and
    • Designate another Election Officer to accompany or shadow you while delivering the voted ballots on Election night.

    Inspectors are encouraged to contact their Clerks to:

    • Confirm their assignment,
    • Verify their polling place location and directions, and
    • Advise them of polling place expectations including arrival time, food and breaks.

    Inspectors are also responsible for administering and overseeing breaks, lunch & dinner hours and the completion of all closing paperwork. It is the Inspectors duty to ensure the polling place is open and ready to process voters at 7:00am on Election Day.

    The Inspector and another Election Officer (EO Shadow) must deliver ballots and return election supplies to their designated receiving center on Election Night.

    Documents

    Election Officer Application (PDF)