Interested in Serving at the Polls?
If you would like to serve your community on election day as an Election Officer, Ventura County needs your assistance. For every election, the Elections Division must recruit Election Officers to work at the polling places. A precinct board is comprised of three to four Election Officers. In most cases, people are assigned to work in the city in which they live. A typical Election Officer works no more than 10 minutes from his or her home. To volunteer your services, please call the Registrar of Voters Office at (805) 654-2784.
- ELECTION OFFICERS MUST BE:
- At least 18 years old, or a high school student with at least a 2.5 GPA and at least 16 years old.
- A registered voter of California.
- Available to serve from 6:00 a.m. until approximately 9:30 p.m. or until all closing duties are complete. NOTE: meal breaks will be provided.
- $125.00 for the day
- $20.00 for attending a mandatory training class
- $90.00 for the day
- $20.00 for attending training class (Clerks are encouraged to attend a training class; however, the Election Law does not mandate that clerks attend.)
The Inspector is in charge of the polling place and assumes the following duties, including, but not limited to:
- Serve on Election Day from 6:00 a.m. until about 9:30 p.m.
- Attend a mandatory Election Officer training class before each election.
- Contact all the other board members for your precinct to be certain they will show up on Election Day.
- Check out the Polling Place the Monday before the election and possibly arrange for entry by 6:00 a.m. on Election Day.
- Verify supplies are at the polling place and pick up the election equipment on the Monday before the election.
- Arrive at the polling place by 6:00 a.m. on Election morning, ready to guide your Election team in setting up the polls.
- Assign the clerks’ board duties and arrange meal times.
- Supervise clerks and enforce election codes.
- Issue ballots to the voters and safeguard the ballot box and equipment.
- Lead balancing procedures; assist in packing up the materials and general clean-up of the polling place at the end of the night.
- With one clerk, return the election equipment items with voted ballots to the receiving station on election night.
Each precinct has two to three clerks. Each clerk assumes the duties assigned by the Inspector. These duties include but are not limited to:
- Look up the voter’s name and address in the Master Roster to verify voter eligibility.
- Enter the voters’ x-ref number on the Tally Sheet to track the number of voters.
- Write the tally number next to the voter’s name in the “Tally Num” column of the Roster of Voters.
- Once the voter’s name and address have been verified, have the voter sign his/her name and address. If it has been determined that the voter needs to vote a provisional ballot, have the voter begin the provisional process.
- Inform the Inspector of the current political party, if applicable.
- Update the Street Index (outside roster) from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. by drawing a line through the names of the voters who have voted at your precinct.
View the Election Officer Handbook for more information.