Sacramento County’s Office of Voter Registration and Elections is calling upon civic-minded residents to work at polling places for the upcoming June and November elections.
No prior experience is necessary, and training will be provided. Workers will be provided a stipend for their training and service on Election Day.
“Our poll workers are an essential part of the election process,” said Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Jill LaVine. “The precinct officers play an important role in maintaining the integrity of the election process. Plus, it’s a wonderful way for people to get to know their neighbors.”
Nancy Boyle has been a volunteer poll worker and eventually a poll supervising clerk for the past 22 years. Her garage serves as a polling place in her Fair Oaks community, and the neighbors and other volunteer workers look forward to every Election Day.
“Being an American, it is a privilege and an honor to vote, and I try to make my polling place a positive, friendly place to be,” said Boyle.
Her extra efforts have paid off. Boyle’s neighbors have told her they never want her to quit being a poll worker. “On election day, I line my long driveway with flags, and I have a big flag in my garage,” said Boyle, who has continued the patriotic theme over the years by providing red, white and blue shirts and vests to her volunteer poll workers.
“I try to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone,” said Boyle. “Election Day is a long day, but it’s a wonderful way to meet new neighbors and reconnect with others I haven’t seen in a while.
“I also enjoy it when brand new voters come in to cast their ballots. Their enthusiasm is contagious. Voters also bring their children so they can better understand the voting process.”
And there’s extra incentive to cast ballots in Boyle’s garage—she has a dish of patriotic-covered candy for people to help themselves on their way out.
Poll workers must meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 18 years of age OR be a high school student that is at least 16 years of age and in good academic standing
- A resident of the State of California
- Be able to read and write in fluent English
- Available to work on Election Day from 6:00 a.m. until all duties are completed (approximately 10:00 p.m.)
- Attend a mandatory training class prior to each election (approximately 2½ hours)
- Have transportation to and from the training class and to the polling place on Election Day
Interested people that are fluent in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Hindi, Korean and Japanese are strongly encouraged to apply as poll workers.
With their supervisors’ permission, County and State employees can work on Election Day while still earning their regular salary, plus earn the stipend from volunteering at the polling place.