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.
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.
Students need to complete an application and submit it to the Humboldt County Elections Department. If approved for service, students can earn up to $91 for serving in the polls on Election Day.