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POLL WORKERS NEEDED FOR THE NOVEMBER 3, 2020 ELECTION
Support democracy while earning extra money

Berkeley, California (Monday, August 31, 2020) - Help support a fair, safe election in November by signing up to be an Alameda County poll worker. As a poll worker, you’d play a critical role in making voting accessible to all community members - and get paid to do it.

What poll workers do

Poll workers are paid volunteers from local communities who perform tasks like:

  • Setting up and closing a polling place
  • Helping voters understand their rights
  • Protecting ballots and voting equipment

Training will be provided by Alameda County – and you are paid for training, as well as your time served as a poll worker. Depending on your assignment, you can earn up to $475.

Workers are needed in Berkeley and throughout Alameda County on Saturday, October 31st, Sunday, November 1st, Monday, November 2nd, and Tuesday, November 3rd – Election Day.

Sign up online to volunteer.

Qualifications to be a poll worker

No special skills are required. You are eligible to be a poll worker if you are:

  • A registered voter in the state of California
  • A legal permanent resident/green card holder
  • An eligible high school student

Bilingual poll workers are especially needed. In Alameda County, assistance is provided to voters in Chinese, Khmer, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. If you are fluent in any of these languages, you may be eligible to earn additional bilingual poll worker pay.

How to sign up

The online application is simple and can be completed in just a few minutes. To apply, you’ll need to provide your name, address, date of birth, and phone number. You can also provide more information to let the County know where you are willing to work, what languages you are fluent in, and whether you have your own transportation.

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters will contact you to discuss training, days, times, and locations you can work, and which roles are available. For more information, you can call the County at (510) 272-6973.

This page was updated on September 8, 2020 to correct the potential pay for poll workers. The original version said poll workers could earn up to $400.

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