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Return Center Poll Workers

Return Centers are the integral part of the Election Night process, and are designated outdoor areas where the Inspector of and another member of their Polling Precinct return ballots and key voting assets after the polling places have closed on Election night. Mandatory training is approximately one hour long at the assigned Return Center within the month of Election night. There are 27 Return Centers throughout Alameda County, and it requires a night shift staff who will fulfill the roles of the following;

Captain (1 per Return Center)

  • Earn up to $65
  • Previous experience as a Return Center worker who organize and manage the Return Center, and properly enforce Election Law protocols throughout supply return process.

Assistant Captain (1 per Return Center)

  • Earn up to $55
  • Assist in unloading of supplies (up to 35lbs.) from Inspector, and perform tasks as needed//designated by the Captain.

Helper (Upwards of 8 per Return Center)

  • Earn up to $50
  • Assist in unloading of supplies (up to 35lbs.) from Inspector, and perform tasks as needed//designated by the Captain.

Start 7:45pm and End 11:00pm (Approximately)
Captains and Assistant Captains must be present at their designated Return Center by 7:45pm to set up. Helpers must arrive at their assigned Return Center by 8:00pm.

All Return Center workers must remain at their assigned location until all precincts have been checked in and confirmed by Alameda County Registrar of Voters. The fluidity of the 11:00pm end time is influenced by factors such as Return Center work flow, organization, and the efficiency of each precinct in adhering to closing procedures. Since you will be working outside, dressing for the weather as it might be windy, cold, or raining.

Important Compensation Details

  • Due to high payroll volume, pay for service will be mailed 4-6 weeks after the Election
  • Any Return Center worker who cancels his/her assignment or is not available to serve on Election Night after participating in mandatory training will NOT be compensated.
  • Per the California Unemployment Insurance Code (CUIC) 634.5 (c)-Services performed as an Election Worker are excluded from employment. Therefore, no wages per Section 926 of the CUIC are allowed.