Poll Worker - F.A.Q.



What are the steps in becoming a poll worker?
  1. You MUST be a registered voter in Shasta County.
  2. Complete an Application, received either by calling our office and having one mailed to you, or by printing and completing the on-line application.
  3. You will be contacted to attend a mandatory training session prior to the next election.

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What are the different poll worker positions?

Inspector:This person is in charge of all operations at the Precinct and has additional responsibilities prior to Election Day, such as picking up the supplies the day before an election and inspecting the polling place.

Assistant Inspector:Assists the Inspector in their duties and MUST replace the Inspector in the event of an emergency.

Clerks:Processes and assists voters in casting ballots, and maintains peace and good order throughout the polling location.

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Is this a volunteer position?
No. Poll workers receive a stipend for their service. Currently the rate of stipends are:
Inspector: $125.00/Day Assistant Inspector: $100.00/Day Clerks: $100.00/Day

In addition, Inspectors may receive mileage reimbursement for the miles to and from the Elections Office on Election Night.

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What are the hours of work?
All poll workers MUST be at their assigned Precinct no later than 6:00 a.m. on election morning. The day ends after 8:00 pm when the polls have been officially closed, the voting process has been completed, and all materials have been packed away.
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Do all pollworkers have to attend training?
Yes. All poll workers are required to attend training prior to each election. The workshops are usually held 2-4 weeks prior to Election Day, and on-line training will be available starting with the November 2007 election. In Shasta County, any poll worker not trained before an election is not eligible to work.
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How will I know when and where to attend a training session?
Once we process your application, we will schedule you for a training session and notify you by mail. You will not be paid for attending training.
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If I've applied previously as a poll worker, should I apply again?
As long as you are an active poll worker you do not need to apply again. If you have worked the polls in the past, your record will remain active. If you wish to make sure, call our office at (530) 225-5730, and we will be happy to answer any questions.
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May members of the same family work in the same polling location?
Not more than two. It is the policy of the Shasta County Elections Office that not more than two (2) members of the same family may work in the same polling location. However, other family members may work the same election in different locations.
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