Become a Poll Worker

Lynda Roberts, Registrar of Voters, Elections

Overview

The Marin County Elections Department is continually seeking people dedicated to the democratic process who are able to serve in a polling place on election day. Each election 700 or more people are selected to staff polling places where they are responsible for issuing ballots, assisting voters, and closing the polls after voting concludes at 8 PM.

Election officers can earn from $125 for serving as a Clerk, to $150 for serving as a Deputy Inspector, to $175 for serving as a Chief Inspector. In general an officer should serve as Deputy Inspector before becoming a Chief Inspector. Those who have never worked at a polling place should read the following duties of these officers before making their selection on the poll worker application.

Chief Inspector

Stipend $175 plus $20 for mandatory training. (Chiefs at multi-precinct polling places also receive $25.00 for each additional voting precinct.)

Responsibilities include:

  • Attend a poll worker training class.
  • Pick up a large suitcase of supplies at training class and take it with you to the polls on Election Day.
  • Coordinate with polling place for entry on Election Day.
  • Set up polling place, oversee voting machines, and coordinate overall running of the polling place.
  • Deliver voted ballots, roster, and voting machine after the polls close.
  • Know all procedures and be available to assist where needed.

Deputy Inspector

Stipend $150 plus $20 for mandatory training.

Responsibilities include:

  • Attend a poll worker training class.
  • Pick up a large suitcase of supplies at training class and take it with you to the polls on Election Day.
  • Coordinate with Clerks prior to Election Day.
  • Train Clerks on voting procedures.
  • Organize breaks and tasks for the Clerks.
  • Oversee processing of voters.
  • Account for the ballots for the voting precinct and balance the voting roster.

Clerk

Stipend $125 plus $15 for optional training for experienced clerks and mandatory training for new clerks.*

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist Deputy and Chief Inspectors where needed.
  • Arrive at polling place by 6:30 AM and leave only when directed by Inspector. (Approximately 9:00 P.M.)
  • *New clerks must attend a poll worker training class and experienced clerks are encouraged go to training. Training classes are important!

If you are interested, please complete an Application to Serve as a Poll Worker. If you need an application mailed to you, please call the precinct coordinator at (415) 473-6439.

Student Poll Workers

The High School Student Poll Worker Program allows students to take the day off of school and serve at the polls on Election Day.

The student must be:

  • At least 16 years old at the time of the election or a high school senior
  • Have a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • A United States citizen, or a permanent legal resident of the U.S.
  • In good standing attending a public or private secondary educational institution

Students need to complete a Student Poll Worker Application/Nomination form and submit it to the Marin County Elections Department. If approved for service, students can earn $100 for serving in the polls on election day. If you need an application mailed to you, please contact the precinct coordinator at (415) 473-6439.

Pursuant to Elections Code Section 12302, "In order to provide for a greater awareness of the elections process, the rights and responsibilities of voters and the importance of participating in the electoral process, as well as to provide additional members of precinct boards, an elections official may appoint not more than two students per precinct to serve under the direct supervision of precinct board members designated by the elections official."