POLL WORKERS NEEDED
The Humboldt County Elections Department is constantly seeking people
dedicated to the democratic process who are able to serve in a polling
place on Election Day.
It takes more than 400 poll workers to conduct a countywide election. They
open and close the polls, issue ballots, keep track of who has voted, and,
in some polling places where we have multiple precincts, serve as traffic
directors guiding voters to the right precinct board.
Election officers can earn up to $111 for serving as a clerk and $116 for
serving as an inspector. The inspector is responsible for managing the polling
place and picking up the eScan and DAU prior to Election Day as well as returning
the eScan and DAU, voted ballots, and other essential items to the Elections
Office or receiving center on election night.
Other links in this section of our website describe poll worker’s and
inspector’s duties. If you are interested in being a poll worker, please
complete the online application included in this web site.
STUDENTS AS POLL WORKERS
State law allows high school students to serve as poll workers. Here’s
what Elections Code 12302 says:
In order to provide for a greater awareness of the elections process, the
rights and responsibilities of voters and the importance of participating
in the electoral process, as well as to provide additional members of precinct
boards, an elections official may appoint not more than five students per
precinct to serve under the direct supervision of precinct board members
designated by the elections official. A student may be appointed,
notwithstanding lack of eligibility to vote, subject to the approval of the
board of the educational institution in which the student is enrolled, if the
student possesses the following qualifications:
(1) Is at least 16 years of age at the time of the election to which he or she is serving as a member of a precinct board.
(2) Is a United States citizen or will be a citizen at the time of the election to which he or she is serving as a member of a precinct board.
(3) Is a student in good standing attending a public or private secondary educational institution.
(4) Is a senior and has a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.