High School Student Poll Worker Program

High School Student Poll Worker Program

In California, high school students may serve as poll workers, even if they are not old enough to vote (California Elections Code Section 12302).

Young poll workers can see our election process up close while they participate in American democracy!

Who can be a high school student poll worker? Your school must participate in the High School Poll Worker Program and you must be:

  • At least 16 years old by Election Day
  • A United States citizen or a legal permanent resident with a social security number
  • Have a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

How do you get started?

  • Contact your school official, government or civics teacher, ASB advisor or school counselor
  • Ask to be nominated
  • Get permission from your parent or guardian
  • Submit a High School Student Poll Worker Application through your school

What does a high school poll worker do?

  • Complete 60- to 90-minute online training plus in-person training of two- to three-hours
  • Work from approximately 5:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Election Day
  • Plan your transportation to and from your polling place

In exchange for your service:

  • You will receive a certificate of community service
  • You will get a thank-you letter signed by the Registrar of Voters
  • You will receive a stipend.

Use the Buddy System Program. Invite a parent/guardian or friend to work with you at your polling place. For more information about volunteering together or anything else about being a poll worker, please call us at 858-565-5800 or see High School Poll Workers Frequently Asked Questions.