Be a Poll Worker!

Thank you to the over 3,000 dedicated poll workers who served San Francisco voters on Election Day. We couldn’t have done it without you! We hope to see you during the next scheduled election on June 5, 2018. 


Before you can serve as a poll worker, you will need to visit the Poll Worker Recruitment Office to take an assessment exam and undergo a brief interview; the whole process should take less than an hour. Come to the lower level of City Hall, room 43B, across the Department of Elections  main office in room 48. 

Apply now, and we will contact you to schedule an assessment and interview. 

Be A Poll Worker Flyer (PDF)

It takes more than 2,500 poll workers to conduct an election. Poll workers operate polling places on Election Day and assist voters in many parts of the voting process. Some poll workers have volunteered during every elec­tion for decades. Poll workers include high school students learning on-the-job civics lessons, retirees, and hun­dreds of people who take a day off from their regular lives to be of ser­vice to San Francisco voters.

People who are bilingual in English and Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Cantonese, or Mandarin are encouraged to apply!

Benefits

  • Help San Franciscans vote
  • Serve your local community Assist voters on Election Day Earn a $142 to $195 stipend for the day
  • Enjoy a rewarding experinece 

Qualifications

  1. Be a United States citizen registered to vote in the State of California or a legal resident (Inspectors must be United States citizens)
  2. Able to write, read, and speak English fluently
  3. Be over the age of 18 by Election Day*

*If you are under the age of 18, but are a High School Student in San Francisco, you are eligible to work as a High School Poll Worker.

Duties

All Poll Workers must arrive at the polling place no later than 6:00 a.m. on Election Day. Although the polls officially close at 8:00 p.m., Election Day does not end until all materials have been picked up (usually around 9:00 p.m. or 9:30 p.m.). There will be meal breaks during the day.

Every polling place is staffed with one “Inspector,” who manages the polling place and up to four Clerks, Translators or High School Students who assist.

Inspector duties

1.     Attend one training class that will clearly explain Poll Worker duties.
2.     Pick up a supply bag after class that includes official Election Day ballots and supplies, and bring the bag with you on Election Day.
3.     Serve at an assigned polling place on Election Day from 6am until all duties are completed at approx 9:30pm.
4.     Oversee and assist Clerks in preparing polling place for voting.
5.     Assist voters in accordance with Election Laws and defined procedures.
6.     Oversee and assist Clerks in closing the polls.

Clerk, Translator, and High School Student duties

1.     Attend one training class that will clearly explain Poll Worker duties.
2.     Serve at an assigned polling place on Election Day from 6am until all duties are completed at approx. 9:30pm.
3.     Assist in preparing polling place for voting.
4.     Assist voters in accordance with Election Laws and defined procedures.
5.     Assist in closing the polls.
6.     Bilingual residents who are fluent in English as well as Chinese, or Spanish, Filipino, Korean, Vietnamese, or Japanese are highly encouraged to apply!