Why be a Poll Worker?


I want to be a Poll Worker. What's involved?

Working as a poll worker (called an Election Officer) is a rewarding experience and opportunity to become involved in your community and do something for your country.

A poll worker is a volunteer who works at a poll site on Election Day. You will help with poll place set up, welcome voters and guide them through the voting process, and assist with the closing of the polls at the end of the night.

You can serve as a Poll Worker if you meet the following requirements:

  • You are a United States citizen
  • You are at least 18 years old
  • You are a registered voter in Kern County
  • You are able to speak, read and write English
  • You are able to understand and perform the duties you are assigned

Apply for and get more information about working at the polls, by clicking on the link below. All volunteers who work at the polls are known as Election Officers.

Poll Worker Application

What do the different Poll Worker positions do and how much does a Poll Worker get paid?

There are several positions for each poll site and precinct. Payment varies according to the job requirements. For more information, click on the link below.

Poll Worker Information

Can High School students be Poll Workers?

Yes! We encourage students to get involved. For more information, click on the link below.

Student Poll Worker

Is there a program for State Employees to be Poll Workers?

As a State Employee you are allowed to serve as a poll worker on Election Day without loss of pay re: Government Code 19844.7 . You will also receive the poll worker stipend.

To apply to be a Poll Worker, click on the link below.

Poll Worker Application

I am already a Poll Worker. What do I need to know?

Poll Worker Training

It is important to sign up and attend training classes as a poll worker to be the best you can be to assist voters on Election Day. Election processes are continually changing and it's important to be aware of all the changes in regulations and procedures.

For information about Poll Worker Training, click on the link below.

Poll Worker Training

For access to Active Poll Worker Resources and Information, click on the link below.

Poll Worker Gateway

Current Polling Place and Poll Worker Information

For more information about current poll sites and poll workers assigned to those sites, click on the link below.

Current Polling Places and Poll Workers

What is Adopt-A-Poll?

Do you belong to a business, non-profit, club, or organization that wants to serve the community and raise money? Consider the Adopt-A-Poll program!

Your group/organization would volunteer to work together at the same poll site on Election Day. It is your choice to donate your stipend check to your organization.

For more information about the Adopt-A-Poll program click on the link below.

Adopt a Poll

My brother-in-law (or other relative) is on the Ballot. Can I still be a Poll Worker?

No, if you are related to anyone on the ballot or working on any campaign you will have to wait until the next Election.


I've been helping with a Campaign for a Ballot Measure. Can I still be a Poll Worker?

No, if you are working on any campaign for any item or person on the ballot you will have to wait until the next Election.