It is increasingly
difficult to recruit and retain poll workers. A poll worker will typically work
over 15 hours on an election day and precinct inspectors will spend additional
time setting up the poll and attending the school of instruction. Each year,
Congress and/or the Legislature changes election laws which require poll
workers to know more and make more decisions which affect the integrity of the
The Board of Supervisors, as overseer of elections in the County of Humboldt, supports and commends poll
workers for their service and encourages other voters in the county to
contribute to the democratic process by serving as poll workers.
The Board of Supervisors encourages County employees to serve as poll workers.
This is the acceptable basis for such service:
On the request by an employee to volunteer as a poll
worker, the Appointing Authority shall determine whether to grant such
time off in accordance with the needs of the department.
The employee works as a poll worker for either a)
his/her normal day's compensation or b) takes a vacation, holiday, or comp
day and additionally receives the poll worker stipend. The stipend only
applies to b). The Board of Supervisors encourages Appointing Authorities
to allow such time to be taken.
Any employee serving as a precinct inspector also is
allowed to attend the school of instruction with pay if it takes place during
the employee's regular work hours and the employee has indicated that
he/she will be a poll worker for his/her normal day's compensation. The
employee will not receive the precinct inspector's stipend or mileage
allowance for the day. Any employee who is serving as a precinct inspector
and taking the Election day as a vacation,
holiday, or comp day may use equivalent time as necessary to attend the
school of instruction and will receive the inspector's stipend and mileage
Direct staff to inform County employees of the
opportunity to work as poll workers.