FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2017
Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Phone: 650.363.4988 | Fax: 650.363.1903 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternate: Jim Irizarry, Assistant Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Phone: 650.363.4988 | Fax: 650.363.1903 | Email: email@example.com
800 Poll Workers Needed for November 7, 2017 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District 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 800 Poll Workers for the November 7, 2017 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election including 160 students. Poll Workers, also referred to as Election Officers, will manage 162 precincts on Election Day.
“Civic-minded volunteers who help us conduct our elections in a fair, transparent and non-partisan way are vital to the ongoing success of our democracy.” said Mr. Church.
To serve as a Poll Worker, individuals may call 650.286.2810 or apply online at www.shapethefuture.org under the Poll Workers 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 available online and by phone.
Two different classes are offered to Poll Workers depending on their level of expertise:
- Introductory Class is designed for Poll Workers who are new or have very little experience working at the polls on Election Day. The Poll Workers will learn basic poll operations and receive hands-on training in assembling, operating, and breaking down the eSlate voting equipment. Classes are held at the Registration & Elections office at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo.
- Refresher Class is designed for Poll Workers who have worked on at least two elections. This class is a review of voting equipment and procedures with hands-on exercises on all poll activities built into the curriculum. Classes are held at the Registration & Elections office and eight other public facilities throughout the county.
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.
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 7, 2017 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election, visit www.shapethefuture.org or follow @smcvote on Twitter.