San Diego County Registrar of Voters looking for poll workers this election season
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – We are 20 days away from the March Primary and the San Diego County Registrar of Voters needs workers.
Poll workers also known as volunteers commit to helping on election day. There is money involved. Volunteers get stipends that range from $75-$150 depending on your position.
“It’s a long day for a poll worker handing out ballots that are precious cargo. They are going to count the votes for president as well as all these local contests so it’s helping out fellow citizens and their respective neighborhood. We’re gonna have over 1,500 precincts that means we need 8–9,000 workers that day on site as well as two hours of online training,” said Michael Vu, Registrar Of Voters, San Diego County.
Poll workers receive training and materials to make sure they are confident and ready to help voters. Some will be responsible for setting up equipment and supplies, others will monitor several polling sites.
Michael Vu, Registrar of Voters explained that not all poll workers have to be U.S. citizens.
“You have to be registered to vote as well as a U.S. citizen. In certain cases, you don’t even have to be a citizen. You can be a legal permanent resident because what really California law says is that we want people to participate and really understand the process well before becoming a citizen so we do have certain people that are legally permanent resident of California that can perfectly serve as a poll worker. But the majority of all of her workers are US citizens.”
You have to be a minimum of 16 years of age to participate and if you are bilingual, you’ll also receive an additional $15 stipend.
“We absolutely need bilingual poll workers to step up particularly in Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese to really call for them to come out and help us out for this election. I can be tricky for those citizens that cannot speak English.”
There is still time to apply to be a poll worker for more information go to sdvote.com.