County Employee Poll Worker Program
All regular Sonoma County employees are eligible to volunteer as poll workers on Early Voting Days and/or Election Day without loss of their daily pay. In fact, County employees will also earn a stipend provided to all poll workers!
Much like the "Day of Caring," volunteering to work at a Vote Center can be treated as an alternative work assignment on Election Day and/or Early Voting Days.
Poll Worker Duties
There are a variety of duties and training requirements that you may be expected to complete as a poll worker.
Inspectors are "lead" poll workers at the Vote Center. They are responsible for learning and completing election procedures and obtaining supplies. Due to the tasks assigned, Inspectors must have reliable transportation and will be reimbursed for mileage.
Clerks are "line workers" in the Vote Center. In addition to helping set up and close the polling place, Clerks are assigned duties that help voters receive and cast their ballots.
Each Vote Center has 1-2 Inspectors and 3-8 Clerks
Vote Centers are staffed from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Early Voting Days and approximately 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Election Day. Although it is a long work day, no modification of County (department) shifts or overtime is available.
How to Apply to the County Employee Poll Worker Program
To volunteer, complete the following steps:
- Fill out and submit the Sonoma County Online Poll Worker Application
- Print the County Employee Poll Worker Request for Leave/Reassignment Form, fill it out, and have your supervisor/manager sign off on it. Then:
- Make a copy of the form and and send it to the Registrar of Voters Office in one of the following ways:
- Give the original form to your department payroll clerk