The Sonoma County Registrar of Voters is seeking poll workers for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election. “This is a valuable opportunity to serve your community, and to observe, promote and participate in the democratic process”, says County Clerk Deva Marie Proto. Over 300 Poll Workers are still needed, including bilingual and English-only volunteers. To aid in the effort to recruit Poll Workers, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has approved an increase in the daily stipend for Poll Workers. The stipend paid to Inspectors will be $175, and the stipend for Clerks will be $125. Bilingual Poll Workers will receive an additional premium of $25. “We hope this increase in the stipend and the addition of a bilingual premium will encourage more people to volunteer to serve their community by working at the polls on Election Day” said Clerk Proto.
Poll Workers must be citizens who are registered to vote in California, legal permanent residents, or high school students aged 16 years or older with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and permission from both their parent(s) and school principal. Experience is not necessary, and training will be provided. Bilingual Poll Workers must be fluent in English and one of the following languages: Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese or Khmer.
Those who are eligible and interested can find out at sonomacounty.ca.gov/vote, where information is provided on how to sign up, how to take part in the Student Precinct Officer Program, available positions, and more.
For more information about becoming a poll worker, contact the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office, 435 Fiscal Drive, Santa Rosa, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or telephone (707) 565-6800 or 1-800-750-VOTE toll-free.