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Poll Worker Information

November 2020 Poll Worker Information

We have fully staffed all polling locations for the November election. If you would like to be added to the list of back up poll workers, please email ROV-Polls@sonoma-county.org. Please note that backups may be called as late as election day morning and should be available to fill in at the last minute if necessary.

Due to changes necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, needs for poll workers have changed for the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election. There will be in-person voting available from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Election Day, as well as from 7am to 8pm on Election Day. Any voter will be able to go to any in-person voting location in the County.

Poll workers will be needed:

  • 8am to 7pm, Saturday, October 31st
  • 8am to 7pm, Sunday, November 1st
  • 8am to 7pm, Monday, November 2nd
  • 6am to approximately 10pm, Tuesday, November 3rd

Poll workers will be assigned to 1 of approximately 30 locations around the County.

Bilingual poll workers who are fluent in English and also speak Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese or Khmer are highly desired.

Poll workers will be required to use computers to look up voters, and issue and print ballots, and should be comfortable with technology.

Poll Workers will receive a stipend for each day worked – please see below for more details.

Assignments will include:

  • Inspectors
  • Clerks
  • Greeters / Line Management
  • Cleaners

Safety Protocols

The safety and health of our poll workers are of paramount importance. We are planning on a number of safety protocols to keep both poll workers and voters safe.

These protocols include:

  • Supplying Personal Protective Equipment, including
    • Masks
    • Facial Shields
    • Gloves
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Plexiglass barriers
  • Specific site layout plans for each voting location to promote social distancing
  • Signage for voters related to health checks, mask wearing and social distancing
  • Curbside voting options for voters
  • Changed processing protocols to minimize contact with voters
  • Cleaning protocols including sanitizing
    • High touch surfaces such as doors and tables
    • Voting booths and equipment
    • Pens and other implements
  • Training on COVID safety
  • All poll workers are required to wear masks, and may use face shields if desired


Training is currently being developed to prioritize safety. It may include all or some of the following:

  • Virtual training via recorded videos
  • Virtual training via interactive meetings (Zoom or similar)
  • In-Person training for equipment and software, with social distancing and safety protocols

Become a Poll Worker!

Being a poll worker is a great way to serve your community, take an active role in democracy, and become part of the dedicated team working to make the election process easy and accessible to everyone.

Poll workers who work at a polling place are volunteers who are provided a stipend of $175 (for Inspectors) and $135 (for Clerks) for the day. Each polling place has a Precinct Board comprised of one Inspector and two to four Clerks.

Bilingual poll workers receive an additional stipend of $25, and must be fluent in English and one of the following languages: Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese or Khmer.

Apply to be a Poll Worker

For more information, please contact the Registrar of Voters Office at rov-polls@sonoma-county.org

Who Can be a Poll Worker?

To Be a Poll Worker, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a registered voter in Sonoma County or a permanent legal resident of the United States (permanent legal residents may work as Clerks only)
  • Be a high school student who is at least 16 years old (see Student Precinct Officer Program)
  • Be able to follow written and verbal instruction
  • Be available to serve Election Day from approximately 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM ("split shifts" may be arranged; contact the Registrar of Voters Office for details)
  • Be able to complete the tasks as described in the Inspector or Clerk job duties (see below)



Inspectors are "lead" poll workers in the polling place. They are responsible for learning and completing Election Day procedures and for obtaining all supplies and ballots. Due to the tasks assigned, Inspectors must have reliable transportation with adequate space to accommodate Election Day supplies and equipment (Inspectors are reimbursed for mileage). Inspector duties include the following:

  • Attend a training class (approximately two hours) to receive election training, and pick up Election Day supplies and ballots
  • Check supplies and confirm receipt of all materials needed to conduct the election
  • Contact all members of the precinct board to confirm their participation on Election Day
  • Contact the polling place to ensure access to the facility on Election Day
  • Assign tasks to Clerks, including all duties required in setting up and closing the polling place; negotiate and schedule meal breaks with precinct board members
  • Transport all supplies and ballots to the "Return Center" on election night, accompanied by one Clerk
  • Perform more complex tasks, including issuing provisional ballots or utilizing the Accessible Voting Devices



Clerks are "line workers" in the polling place. In addition to helping set up and close the polling place, Clerks are assigned duties that help voters receive and cast their ballots. Clerk duties include the following:

  • Complete assignments as directed by the Inspector. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: locate voter names on rosters; obtain voter signatures; provide simple instruction to voters; issue, receive, and deposit ballots; set up and clean up polling place
  • Review information on Election Day procedures
  • Assist Inspector in "covering" tasks during meal breaks
  • Accompany Inspector to Return Center to transport all supplies and ballots on Election Night (if requested; only one Clerk is required)
  • Act in Inspector's absence, as needed


Contact Information

Deva Marie Proto

County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters

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


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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