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Student Election Officer Program

  • California state law allows any high school student that is at least 16 years of age, in good standing with at least a 2.5 GPA and is a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident of the U.S. to serve as an Election Officer. The Student Election Officer Program (SEOP) is a great way to introduce young people to democracy in action and at the same time provide a valuable community service. Students bring new energy, enthusiasm and an aptitude for picking up complex election procedures because they are in learning mode.

    For the November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election, students will serve as an Election Officer at a Voter Service Center. Different from a traditional polling place, a Voter Service Center will be open three days prior to, and on Election Day for four (4) voting days. Students may begin their shift by helping to carry and set up election supplies followed by greeting, directing and assisting voters with the voting process throughout the day.


    All interested students must obtain an application from their school SEOP coordinator, determine their availability and return the completed application to their teachers for transmittal to the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters (ROV) by the due date.

    Please be aware that hours are long, and students are to remain at their assigned Voter Service Center for a complete shift. Shifts may end early based on voter traffic at the end of the day. All students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from their assigned location. Due to the often-high number of applications, the Registrar of Voters cannot guarantee a work assignment for all interested students. Selected students receive a Notice of Appointment in the mail stating their Voter Service Center and training class assignment.


    Students receive a stipend from $130 to $150 for each completed work assignment. Please, allow 4 – 6 weeks for paycheck delivery. Based on student availability and staffing needs, a student could potentially work two days, but at a maximum of one school day and one weekend day assigned. Students receive an additional $35 for attending the mandatory training class.

    Voter Service Center Shifts
    Date Shift Stipend
    Saturday, October 31, 2020 8:00 am to 6:00 pm $130
    Sunday, November 1, 2020 8:00 am to 6:00 pm $130
    Monday, November 2, 2020 8:00 am to 6:00 pm $130
    Tuesday, November 3, 2020 6:00 am to 9:00 pm $150

    Social Distancing and Disinfecting Practices

    The Registrar of Voters is implementing new social distancing and disinfecting practices to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Most Voter Service Center facilities are substantially larger than traditional polling places to allow for social distancing. All staff will be required to wear face coverings and follow safety practices such as social distancing and sanitization of shared equipment, such as tables and voting booths in between uses. Tables and equipment will be spaced at least 6 feet apart where it is practical to do so. Hand sanitizer and tissues will be available for use. Additionally, some positions that involve closer contact will require the use of gloves and face shields (also provided by ROV). All Election Officers will be required to adhere to these social distance and disinfecting practices.

    Students Important Information

    • Students are responsible for letting their teachers and the ROV know immediately if they cannot serve their assigned shift
    • Students can expect (2) one hour meal breaks if working on Election Day; (1) one hour meal break, if working on the three days preceding Election Day
    • The ROV will prioritize all completed applications submitted by September 4, 2020

    Contact Information

    San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters