Precinct Worker Programs

These programs are an integral part of our ongoing process to continually improve service for county voters and is vital to maintain the integrity of the election process in our county. The staff at the Clerk-Recorder office works hundreds of extra hours to prepare for each election, but on election morning, the process is turned over to precinct workers to administer. We need qualified personnel to serve voters who go to the polls on Election Day. Specific examples of what you will be doing include:

  • Before Election Day, attend training & pick up your supplies
  • Election Day, arrive at 6:00AM to set up
  • Assist voters when signing in
  • Issue ballots to voters and accept ballots from vote-by-mail voters
  • Close the polls
  • Account for ballots & pack up supplies
  • Deliver the voted ballots & supplies to a central collection point

While most group members admit it is a more complicated process than they first imagined, they have also expressed a great satisfaction at contributing to an important piece of American democracy.

Precinct Worker Application

If you would like to be an active participant in the political process and make a difference in your community please complete the Precinct Worker Application.

Student Poll Worker Program

The Student poll worker program is a valuable tool in increasing student awareness and understanding of democracy in action. This program is offered in cooperation with local high schools.

Adopt-A- Poll

Our Adopt-A-Poll program allows businesses and other organizations to create their own worker group to become a precinct board. It’s a great way to support the community and raise funds too!  If your group is interested in adopting a poll, please complete the Precinct Worker Application to be added to our mailing list.

Your group can help us by volunteering to staff one or more precincts on Election Day. FOUR to FIVE people will be needed per poll or precinct at all times from approximately 6am to 9pm. The Clerk-Recorder’s Office will determine how many workers are required per election. TWO volunteers must be there the entire day. Each full-time staffer should take lunch and dinner breaks. The other two to three positions may be staffed by volunteers working shorter shifts. Your group would be responsible for recruiting the staff for the precinct, for making sure that everyone is a registered voter and that each worker participates in training sessions that we will provide. At this time, the group would receive between $450 to $550 per precinct staffed, plus the satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed to a vital part of democracy in San Luis Obispo County.

We have had great success with groups. The Lion’s Club, American Legion, church groups, a garden club, and the Kiwanis, among others, have volunteered to adopt a poll. They often work at their own facility which makes it easier for them and the money they earn goes to their organization.

We hope you will consider this program, both as a fund raiser for your group and to assist San Luis Obispo County in administering elections now and in the future. Ensuring that voters have a chance to cast ballots free from intimidation & without the worry of election fraud is a vital part of contributing to a strong local government and earning money for your group at the same time.  Thank you for considering this program.

Precinct Worker Training Schedule

Training is strongly recommended for all workers and is mandatory for Inspectors. The training schedule will be provided with your assignment letter.