To be a poll worker you must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, be a registered voter, must complete the training before Election Day, must be physically and mentally able to work with people, and do the assigned tasks.
How Do I apply?
Complete the Poll Worker Application
After you are selected, you will be assigned to a polling place location and given instructions to attend Poll Worker training.
Do I get paid for volunteering to work?
Yes, you will receive a stipend for the day. The amount will vary according to the position and the duties performed.
What are the working hours?
You will work from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 pm. on Election Day.
Yes, under the “Youth with a Vision” (YWAV) program you can actually be a poll worker assisting at the polling place. You need to be 16 years old; be a U.S. citizen; have a 2.5 GPA; and have transportation to the training and polling place.
How do I apply?
You need to get a written permission from your parents/guardians; complete the High School Student Form (Youth with a Vision); and get the principal or assistant principal to sign it. You will then be advised when to go to the required training before the election.
Do I get anything?
Besides a good experience, you will receive a stipend for your participation. Plus, maybe extra credit in your government class.
There are two readily available documents that describe the election process. There is the California Election Code and Poll Worker Reference Guide.