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Student Election Officer Program

  • San Joaquin County
    Student Election Officer Program


    The newly named Student Election Officer Program is a great way to introduce young people to democracy in action and at the same time provide a valuable community service. Students serve as regular members of a precinct board, receive a $130 stipend and an additional $35 for attending a mandatory Election Officer training class.

    California state law allows high school students 16 years of age and older

    1. With a grade point average of at least 2.5,
    2. In good standing, attending public or private schools,
    3. And who are citizens or a Legal Permanent Resident of the U.S.,

    To serve as Election Officers.


    If your school or student would like to be considered for the Student Election Officer Program download the Complete Student Election Officer (PDF) packet.

    All applications must be returned to the teacher for transmittal to the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters by the due date.

    Students who are selected to participate in the program will be required to attend a two hour training class prior to Election Day. Students will serve alongside up to 5 other members of the Polling Place Election Board. Please be aware that hours are long, and students are expected to remain at their assigned polling location from 6:00am – 10:00pm on Election Day. They may not be released early. All students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from their assigned polling location, which will be fairly close to their school or home. Students will be compensated a stipend for their commitment and work on Election Day - $130.00 for Election Day and $35.00 for attending the mandatory training class.

    Your students will benefit from this program in several ways, including:

    • Hands-on experience of learning how local elections are conducted
    • Gain a lifelong appreciation for the democratic process
    • Receive satisfaction of giving back to their community

    What Does the Registrar of Voters Do?

    Provide the following handouts to assist you in implementing the program in your school, including:
        Student Election Officer Poster
        Program Descriptions and Procedures
        Important Dates
        School Participation Form 
        Teacher Transmittal Form (for sending in applications)
        Student Election Officer Form                                                   
        Voter Pre-Registration Flyer

    Additionally, the Registrar of Voters will notify students their appointment, process and issue checks. 

    Provide principals with a list of students that will serve on Election Day

    Teachers/Administrators Must:

    Email  the “School Participation Form” to the Registrar of Voters Office, at, as soon as you receive the Student Election Officer packet.

    Additionally, we ask teachers to promote the program, distribute applications to interested students, review all applications to ensure that they are legible and filled out completely, number the applications on the upper right hand corner in the order in which you received them, then approve and sign the applications.

    Please email or FAX completed applications to the Registrar of Voters Office.
    Also be sure to mail the originals back.

    FAX Number: (209) 468-9534

    Email to: 

    Mailing Address:
       Registrar of Voters
       Student Poll Worker Program
       PO Box 810
       Stockton CA 95201

    Students Must:

    • Take Parental Letter home for parent(s) to read and sign.
    • Complete application, have it signed by parent, and approved by teacher.
    • Attend a training class.
    • Work at the polls on Election Day, from 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM.
    • Arrange transportation to and from the polls. Students are required to bring a lunch, drink and snacks.
    • Expect, at least, a 15 minute break and two 30 minute breaks. Additional breaks may be given during polling place downtime.
    • Advise their teacher and the SEOP Coordinator in the event they need to cancel.

    How Many Students Will Be Placed per School?

    • The ROV guarantees the placement of all students that submit completed applications.
    • Teachers are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible to give our office more time to work with your students in finding a convenient location for them to serve on Election Day.
    • Teachers are encouraged to nominate more students to increase participation and the areas covered.
    • Please number all applications on the upper right hand corner of the form.


    • Students will be paid $130 for working on Election Day. 
    • Students must attend a training class and will be paid an additional $35.  Attendance in a training class is mandatory in order to work on Election Day.

    Students Important Information

    • Students will be mailed an appointment notice when they are assigned to a polling place.
    • Students must complete all fields and print clearly to prevent delays in processing their pay.
    • Students are responsible to let their teachers and the ROV know immediately if they cannot serve on Election Day.  

    Contact Information
    San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters


    (209) 468-2892


    (209) 468-9534



    Mailing Address:  

    San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters
    Precinct Operations, Student Election Officer Program
    PO Box 810
    Stockton CA 95201

    Physical Location:

    44 N San Joaquin St, Suite 350
    Stockton CA 95202