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 at a polling place. Poll workers are responsible for issuing ballots, assisting voters, and closing the polls.

Due to COVID

For the November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election the polls will be open three days before the election for 8 hours each day and on Election Day, 7am to 8pm.

Positions

Chief Inspector

Stipend $200 per day: Saturday, Sunday, Monday (approx. 9 hours) and $300 on Tuesday (approx. 15 hours); plus $25 for mandatory training.

Responsibilities include:

  • Attend a 2-hour in-person training class where you will learn how to operate equipment and pick up your supplies to take to the polls.
  • Coordinate with polling place for daily entry.
  • Set up polling place and accessible ballot marking devices, coordinate overall running of the polling place, and oversee the ballot box.
  • Receive voted ballots from voters and return them to the Elections Department at the Marin County Civic Center nightly. (West Marin will have pick up assistance.)

In general an officer should serve as Deputy Inspector before becoming a Chief Inspector.

Deputy Inspector

Stipend $150 per day: Saturday, Sunday, Monday (approx. 9 hours) and $250 on Tuesday (approx. 15 hours); plus $25 for mandatory training.

Responsibilities include:

  • Attend a 2-hour in-person training class where you will learn how to operate equipment and pick up your supplies to take to the polls.
  • Set-up and operate an electronic roster.
  • Account for ballots issued to voters.
  • Assign tasks and breaks to Clerks.

Clerk

Stipend $100 per day: Saturday, Sunday, Monday (approx. 9 hours); and $200 on Tuesday (approx. 15 hours) plus $20 for mandatory training.

Responsibilities include:

  • Attend a 1½ hour in-person or virtual (to be determined) training class.
  • Assist Deputy and Chief Inspectors where needed, including monitoring voter waiting areas, enforcing social distancing, and making sure the polling place is properly cleaned throughout the day.
  • Arrive at poll before opening and leave when directed by Inspector.

Ballot Transporters

Stipend $75.00 on Tuesday, Election Day only.

Responsibilities include:

  • Pick-up voted Vote by Mail Ballots from drop boxes in Marin County and deliver them to the Elections Department in teams of two (in separate vehicles).
  • May also include manning a ballot box from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

NOTE: POLL WORKERS AND BALLOT TRANSPORTERS MUST HAVE THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THE POLLS.

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 to $200 for serving at the polls. 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."