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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 11, 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


Over Four Hundred High School Students to Serve as County Poll Workers in Presidential Election

Students can still apply to get firsthand experience at the polls


(Redwood City, CA) Students from ten County high schools ranging from South San Francisco to Redwood City are currently participating in the San Mateo County Registration & Election Division’s Poll Worker program for the November 8, 2016 Presidential General Election.

The program, called democracyLIVE!, was established to give students a greater awareness of the election process and the rights and responsibilities of voters while serving their community as Poll Workers.

“Student Poll Workers are critical members of the Election Day team,” said Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder for San Mateo County. “This unique learning opportunity actively engages students in the democratic process because they are directly assisting voters at the polls,” Church explained. “They are witnessing democracy in action and providing a valuable public service,” he added.

Participating High Schools
The students currently participating in democracyLIVE! represent ten high schools, including:
Aragon High School
Oceana High School
Hillsdale High School
Mills High School
Sequoia High School
Carlmont High School
South San Francisco High School
El Camino High School
Burlingame High School
Woodside High School

Training and Stipend
Participants will receive training in advance of the election. Student Poll Workers receive a stipend ranging from $115.00 to $140.00 for the day, plus $25.00 for the time in the training if they serve on Election Day.

Eligibility Requirements
Participants must be:

Application Deadline
The deadline for students to apply is October 21.

Spanish and Chinese Speakers
Fluent Spanish and Chinese language speakers are highly encouraged to join democracyLive!

For More Information
To learn more about democracyLIVE! or apply, contact Program Coordinator Karla Gallegos at 650-312-5292, email democracylive@smcare.org, or visit www.shapethefuture.org/electionofficers/democracylive.

High School Campus Voter Pre-Registration Visits
The Registration & Elections Division is also visiting high schools to pre-register voters until the October 24 deadline for the November 8 election. Students as young as sixteen years of age can pre-register to vote, so that they are eligible to cast a ballot when they become eighteen. The central goal of pre-registration is to encourage voting among young people, a group that consistently has low turnout rates.