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Election Workers

Become a Poll Worker

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • A U.S. Citizen and Registered to Vote Or a Lawful Permanent Resident

High School Student Poll Worker:

  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • A U.S. Citizen
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5

Bilingual Poll Workers
Earn Extra Money
Must be fluent in:

  • English/Chinese,
  • English/Hindi,
  • English/Japanese,
  • English/Khmer,
  • English/Korean,
  • English/Spanish,
  • English/Tagalog or
  • English/Vietnamese.

Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders) AB17, may serve as a Bilingual Poll Worker at a designated Bilingual Polling Place

We'd love to have you as part of the team.

The Registrar of Voters requires ALL Election Workers to attend a MANDATORY
Training Class in order to be eligible to serve on Election Day.

Election Worker Positions & Duties

Inspector - Supervises polling place operations; attends training class; picks up supplies; sets up/takes down polling place; delivers all supplies to an assigned Return Center.

Judge - Attends training class, assists Inspector with duties; may accompany Inspector to Return Center.

Clerk - Attends training class, assists Inspector with duties; may accompany Inspector to Return Center.

High School Student - Attends training class, assists Inspector with duties; may accompany Inspector to Return Center.

Note: Per the California Unemployment Insurance Code (CUIC) 634.5(c) Services performed as an Election Worker/Poll Worker are excluded from employment. Therefore, no wages per Section 926 of the CUIC are allowed.


How to Apply for an Election Worker Position

To become an election worker, simply fill out an application.

To apply online, click on the following link: Online Application Form

For students, download the High School Student Application (PDF - 575kb)* and email or mail the completed application:

Registrar of Voters - Recruiting Section
1225 Fallon St. Room G-1
Oakland, CA 94612

For more information, email us or call 510-272-6971.

Mock Elections at High Schools

pollworker pin November 2011

Are you a:

  • High School Student?
  • High School Administrator?
  • Guardian/Parent of a High School Student?
  • Active member of your community High School?

If you answered YES to any of these questions contact our office to coordinate a Mock Election at your High School!
Email or call 510-272-6971

* Portable Document Format (PDF) file requires the free Adobe Reader.

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