High School Juniors & Seniors


What is the Student Election Officer Program?

  • California law allows eligible high school students to be appointed to work as Election Officers. As Election Officers, students will participate in the operation of a polling place on Election Day. For students to be eligible, teachers must nominate qualified students to serve as Election Officers for each election. Students must be at least 16 years of age at the time of the election, with at least a 2.5 GPA and be a United States Citizen or a legal permanent resident.

How teachers can help?

  • Inform students of this unique opportunity to be involved with their government.
  • Nominate qualified eligible students to serve as Election Officers.
  • Follow up with your students about their Election Day experience.

What will Student Election Officers be expected to do?

  • Participate in a three hour Election Officer Training Class.
  • Be a member of a three or four person Board and participate in the operation of a polling place on Election Day.
  • Note: Election Day can be long, starting at 6:00 a.m. and ending around 9:30 p.m., but it is a great experience!

How do students benefit from the experience of serving as an Election Officer?

  • This opportunity will give students a “hands-on” experience learning how local elections are conducted.
  • Students will receive training on how to open a polling place, process voters and close the polls.
  • It will inspire students to register and to vote when they turn 18.
  • Students gain a lifelong appreciation for the democratic process.
  • Students play an active and important role in their community.
  • A stipend of $90.00 will be paid for each election worked, plus $20.00 for attending the training class.

Download the student application

Please feel free to contact the Elections Division with any questions at (805) 654-2784 or by Email.