Poll Workers


A precinct board is comprised of three to five Poll Workers. In most cases, people are assigned to work in the city in which they live. A typical Poll Worker 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.


  • At least 18 years old, or high school student age 16 and older with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • A registered voter of California, or a legal permanent resident.
  • 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


The Inspector is in charge of the polling place and has the following duties:

  • 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.
  • Check out the Polling Place the Monday before the election and verify entry by 6:00 a.m. on Election Day.
  • Pick up and verify supplies and election equipment on the Monday before the election.
  • 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.
  • With one clerk, return the election equipment items with voted ballots to the receiving station on election night.

Each precinct has two to four clerks. Each clerk assumes the duties assigned by the Inspector. These duties include:

  • Look up the voter’s name and address in the Master Roster to verify voter eligibility.
  • Update the Street Index (outside roster) using the Tally Sheet 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.
  • Assist in packing up the materials and general clean up of the Polling Place at the end of the night.
  • May be selected to go with the Inspector to return the election equipment items with voted ballots to the receiving station on election night.

View the Poll Worker Handbook for more information.