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Student Precinct Officer Program

Overview

The Sonoma County Registrar of Voters office operates a successful Student Precinct Officer Program. California State law allows eligible students to be appointed to serve as poll workers in a polling place on Election Day.

High school teachers and counselors are encouraged to talk with their students about this unique "behind-the-scenes" view of elections, and nominate qualified students for this program.

Students gain invaluable experience as Election Officials. They receive "hands-on" experience and training in elections administration, and gain an appreciation for the importance of public service and the significance of the democratic process.

Important Students will receive a stipend of $100 for participating in the program. Schools may wish to consider this a fundraising opportunity as well!

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Who Can Qualify

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 16 years old on or before the Election Day of service
  • Be a United States citizen or is lawfully admitted for permanent residence on or before the Election Day of service
  • Be a student in good standing, attending a public or private secondary educational institution
  • Possess a GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

Important Note: Students are not required to be registered to vote in order to be part of this program.

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Student Precinct Officer Commitment

Students who participate in the program must complete the following assignments:

  • Attend a 2-hour training class prior to Election Day
  • Become a member of the "Precinct Board" (with other poll workers) and participate in the operation of the polling place
  • Perform duties assigned by the Inspector (the "lead" poll worker), including (but not limited to) the following: locate voter names on rosters; obtain voter signatures; provide simple instruction to voters; issue, receive, and deposit ballot card(s); help set up and clean up the polling place.

Important Note: Election Day hours are long: 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. "Split shifts" may be arranged. Please contact the Registrar of Voters office for details.

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Teacher Nominations

If you are a teacher and want to nominate eligible students, complete the following steps:

  • Print the Student Precinct Officer Program Nomination/Application Form (PDF: 26 kB)
  • Complete one application form for each student being nominated
  • Mail completed forms to the Registrar of Voters office or FAX  to (707) 565-6861 noting "Attention: Student Precinct Officer Program"
  • After Election Day, follow up with your students and have a discussion about their experience

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Additional Information

To obtain more information about the Student Precinct Officer Program, contact the Registrar of Voters office or request information by email to rov-polls@sonoma-county.org.

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Contact Information

Deva Marie Proto

County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters

Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Addresses

Registrar of Voters

435 Fiscal Drive

Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.4657357, -122.7251823
Mailing Address
PO Box 11485
Santa Rosa, CA 95406-1485
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