Be A Poll Worker

Be a Poll Worker

We need you!

Be a poll worker and be part of American democracy in action. Each election, we recruit 8,000 volunteers to assist voters at the polls. As a new or returning poll worker you will receive training and materials to make sure you are confident and ready to help voters on Election Day.


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Who can be a poll worker? You must:

  • Be a United States citizen and registered to vote in California or a legal permanent resident with a Social Security number
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Speak, read and write English
  • Complete the required online and in-person training
  • Be willing to work from 5:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. Election Day
  • Assist the poll set-up the evening before Election Day
  • Have transportation to and from your assigned polling place
We need bilingual poll workers

We need bilingual poll workers!

San Diego County pays an additional $15 stipend to poll workers who are fluent in English and are assigned to assist voters in one or more of these languages: 

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Filipino
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Poll workers are community volunteers who receive a stipend, ranging from $75 to $150 depending on their position. 

Learn about our special poll worker programs:

  • High school students must be at least 16 years old and attend a school that participates in the High School Student Poll Worker Program. More Info »
  • College students must be currently enrolled and may request a community service certificate in addition to their stipend. Application »
  • San Diego County employees may receive their regular wages as well as the stipend. Application »
  • California state employees may also receive their regular wages and receive the stipend.  Application »
  • Fundraisers may ask their team, organization or club members to volunteer as poll workers and donate their stipend to the organization or cause. Application »

What do poll workers do?

  • Complete mandatory training
  • Set up equipment and supplies at polling place
  • Accurately assist voters during the day or monitor several polling sites
  • Provide excellent service to a diverse voter population
  • Receive a stipend. There are four poll worker positions, each with its own stipend and responsibilities
  • Work well in a team environment

How much time does it take?

  • Some poll workers pick up supplies and equipment 10 days before Election Day
  • Set up polling place the evening before Election Day
  • Be at the polling place at 5:45 a.m. on Election Day
  • Finish closing the poll around 10 p.m. or later on Election Day
  • Before Election Day, complete 60- to 90-minute online training and attend a two- or three-hour class in person

On Election Day, what if I forget something I learned at the training?

  • Your fellow poll workers also attended the trainings and may remember things you forgot and vice versa
  • You will have a Poll Worker Manual for reference
  • You will have a checklist for each position
  • We will have a poll worker hotline – staffed by experts – available for poll workers to call before and during Election Day
  • There are optional poll worker workshops so you may practice handling different scenarios or ask specific questions of the expert staff
  • There are Field Support Representatives who travel between polling sites and can help if you have any questions or problems

Where do the poll workers work?

There are up to 1,600 polling sites across San Diego County. Send your application to:

  • ROV Poll Worker Department, 5600 Overland Ave., San Diego, CA 92123
  • Fax 858-505-7299
  • Email 
  • Or call (858) 565-5800 with questions

Submitting a poll worker application does not guarantee a position.
The Registrar of Voters reserves the right to revise assignments as needed.

What skills are needed to be a poll worker?

  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Willingness to follow instructions
  • Excellent customer service
  • Positive attitude