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San Mateo County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder-Elections
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Official Election Site of San Mateo County

MARK CHURCH, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder



October 5, 2016


Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

Phone: 650.363.4988 | Fax: 650.363.1903 | Email: mchurch@smcare.org


Alternate: David Tom, Interim Elections Division Manager

Phone: 650.312.5222 | Fax: 650.312.5348 | Email: dtom@smcare.org


2,200 Poll Workers Needed for November 8, 2016 Presidential General Election

Spanish and Chinese Speakers Encouraged to Apply


(Redwood City, CA) Mark Church, San Mateo County’s Chief Elections Officer and Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder, announced that the Registration & Elections Division will train approximately 2,200 Poll Workers for the November 8, 2016 Presidential General Election, including 600 students. Poll Workers, also referred to as Election Officers, will manage 342 precincts on Election Day.

“Interest in Presidential Elections usually spurs more people to get involved as Poll Workers. Civic-minded individuals step up to help conduct the ‘once-every-four-year election’ in a fair, transparent and nonpartisan way,” said Mark Church. “Remarkably, there are still neighborhoods in San Mateo County that need Poll Workers,” added Church.

To serve as a Poll Worker, individuals may call 650.286.2810 or apply online at www.shapethefuture.org under the Election Officers tab. Potential Poll Workers must attend a two and a half to three-hour training session in October or November. The training schedule and sign-up application are also online and available by phone.


Two different classes are offered to Poll Workers depending on their level of expertise:

Additionally, all Poll Workers have the opportunity to gain experience on any Election Day procedure in a Practice Lab. “The Practice Lab is designed to simulate an active polling place experience so that Poll Workers have hands-on practice prior to Election Day and are well-prepared to serve the voters of San Mateo County,” Church explained. “There is a great deal of interest in this election and our Election Officers will be ready for an expected influx of voters.”

Poll Workers receive a stipend ranging from $115.00 to $140.00 for the day, plus $25.00 for the time in training class, if they serve on Election Day. Any Poll Worker who travels out of their city to serve in a precinct elsewhere will receive an $8.00 bonus and Inspectors receive a $7.00 bonus for picking up their precinct supplies.


For more information about the November 8, 2016 Presidential General Election, please call 650.312.5222, visit www.shapethefuture.org or follow @smcvote on Twitter.