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Student Poll Worker Program

Important Notice

The Sonoma County Registrar of Voter’s Office is currently in the process of transitioning to a new voting model which will change the procedures at the polls (now called Vote Centers). Vote Centers will be open for 11 days or 4 days depending on the location. Early voting hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Sonoma County Registrar of Voters office operates a successful Student Poll Worker Program. California State law allows eligible students to be appointed to serve as poll workers in a Vote Center on Election Day and/or Early Voting Days.

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

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.

Students will receive a stipend of $160 on Early Voting Days and $250 on Election Day.

Who Can Qualify

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 16 years old on or before the first day of service
  • Be a United States citizen or a lawfully admitted permanent resident on or before the first 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)

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

Student Poll Worker Commitment

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

  • Watch online training videos prior to the first day of service
  • Become a member of the Poll Worker Board and participate in the operation of a Vote Center
  • Perform duties assigned by the Inspector (the "lead" poll worker). This includes, but is not limited to, the following: locate voter names on roster laptops; obtain voter signatures; provide simple instruction to voters; issue, receive, and deposit ballot card(s); help set up and clean up the Vote Center.

Note: Election Day hours are from approximately 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Early Voting Day hours are from approximately 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

How to Apply

If you would like to participate in the Student Poll Worker Program, complete the following steps:

Additional Information

To obtain more information about the Student Poll Worker Program, contact the Registrar of Voters office or request information by email from