Student Pollworker Program
The Student Poll Worker Program is an ideal opportunity for students to both participate and learn the value of civic participation and democracy.
What is the Student Pollworker Program?
In 1998, the California Legislature adopted provisions which allow students meeting particular requirements, to work at the polls on Election Day.
California Election Code §12302b "...In order to provide for a greater awareness of the elections process, the rights and responsibilities of voters and the importance of participating in the electoral process, as well as to provide additional members of precinct boards, an elections official may appoint not more than two students per precinct to serve under the direct supervision of precinct board members designated by the elections official. A student may be appointed, notwithstanding lack of eligibility to vote, subject to the approval of the board of the educational institution in which the student is enrolled."
In Riverside County, the Student Pollworker Program continues to grow each election. Students, teachers, parents and principals from throughout the county have embraced the opportunity presented by this program to give students valuable, first-hand experience in public service AND democracy in action.
Who is Eligible?
Riverside County students of Public and Private schools, meeting the following criteria:
- Attending school in a participating school district
- At least 16 years old at the time of the election worked
- A United States citizen at the time of the election worked
- Have at least a 2.5 GPA
- Have a completed Nomination Form on file with the Registrar of Voters Office
What Does a Student Pollworker Do?
Student Pollworkers perform the same tasks of adult Pollworkers. After attending Election Officer training, the Student Pollworker is assigned to a polling place and he/she receives an appointment letter indicating the name and location of the polling place and with whom he/she will be working. All Election Officers are responsible for assisting with voting equipment set-up on Election Eve and must work all day on Election Day. On Election Day, all Election Officers must report to the polling place by 6:15 a.m. Lunch and other break times are coordinated throughout the day. Polls close at 8:00 p.m. and Election Officers are responsible for completing required paperwork, preparing ballot cartridges for transport, stowing/storing voting equipment, and closing and securing the polling place facility. All Elections Officers are dismissed upon completion of required tasks.