Be an Election Worker

Election Workers are the heroes of democracy who make voting possible. Be an Election Worker!

What's it like to work at a Vote Center?

Working at a Vote Center is rewarding, challenging, and fun. Whether you see voting as a Right, a Duty, a Responsibility, or a Privilege, Election Workers are there to help make democracy possible.

Election Workers ensure that all eligible voters have an opportunity to cast a ballot by helping with voter registration questions, issuing ballots, providing information and election materials, helping those who ask for assistance, and maintaining the integrity of free and fair elections in Yolo County.

It takes a team of people with commitment, dedication, and diverse skill-sets to staff the Vote Centers (VC). There are a variety of duties - customer service, set-up, trouble-shooting voter registration issues, inventory control, line management, use of technology (ballot printing, ballot-marking devices, and ePollbooks), and securing the ballot boxes - just to name a few.

Each Vote Center location needs two inspectors and at least six judges. Inspectors are the lead staff at the Vote Center. Find out more below or apply now.

Election Worker Mission

Minimum Requirements

Locations & Hours

Compensation & Training

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Election Worker Mission

The fundamental mission of all Election Workers is to facilitate the voting process for all eligible Yolo County voters by providing the highest-level quality of customer service, regardless of voter’s race, color, religion, national origin, language, sex/gender, gender identity/gender expression, disability, etc.

Election Workers should assist every eligible voter to easily cast a ballot and ensure each ballot is secured safely until it can be counted. Serving as an Election Worker is an important and challenging job. There are many rules and regulations that must be followed on early voting days and Election Day.

Minimum Requirements

  • Be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Read and write in English
  • Not be in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
  • Complete a mandatory in-person training class prior to the opening of the Vote Centers
  • Complete a self-paced virtual training prior to the opening of the Vote Centers
  • Be at work at your assigned location starting at 9 a.m. until all tasks are completed (Early Voting Days)
  • Be at work at your assigned location on Election Day from 6:00 a.m. until all tasks are completed (approximately 9:00 p.m.)
  • Have reliable transportation
  • For Student Election Workers: be at least 16 years old at the time of the election, be in good standing (with a GPA of 2.5 or above), and have parental and school authorization 

Judges

  • Complete a mandatory in-person training class
  • Complete a mandatory self-paced online training
  • Assist in the set-up of the Vote Center the day before it opens
  • Arrive at the Vote Center at the scheduled time 
  • Open and close the "polls" at the Vote Center
  • Help voters sign in and get their ballot
  • Remain at the Vote Center until all closing procedures are completed
  • Leads in ongoing disinfecting procedures
  • Mobile Vote Center workers have additional duties related to the unique nature of each location

Inspectors

  • Meets all the requirements of a Judge
  • Contact Vote Center facility owners for entry confirmation and details
  • Contact VC judges to confirm completion of the training and daily start time
  • Lead the set-up and opening of the Vote Center, including the verification of supplies and the chain of custody of voting materials
  • Assign tasks, arrange breaks, and mealtimes at the Vote Center
  • Lead the open and close of the "polls" at the Vote Center
  • Lead your team in making sure duties are performed properly 
  • Remain at the Vote Center until all closing procedures are completed on early voting days
  • After the close of polls on Election Day:
    • One inspector stays at the VC to pack all the supplies and equipment with the other Election Workers (judges)
    • One inspector returns the ballots and voting materials to the Elections Office with a second Election Worker (judge)
  • Secures all voting equipment and materials
  • Mobile Vote Center workers have additional duties related to the unique nature of each location

Student Election Workers

Students who meet certain criteria are eligible to work at a Vote Center. The compensation for student Election Workers is the same as for regular Election Workers. In order to be a student Election Worker you must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age at the time of the election
  • Be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident 
  • Be in good standing with school and community (with a GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale)
  • Have parental and school authorization

Where are the Vote Centers and when are they open?

Public Hours:

  • Three Vote Centers are open for 11 days:
    • Saturday, October 29 to Monday, November 7, 2022
    • Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Locations open in the 2022 November General Election: Davis, West Sacramento, and Woodland
  • Ten more Vote Centers are open for 4 days:
    • Saturday, November 5 to Monday, November 7, 2022
    • Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Locations throughout the county in the 2022 November General Election: Davis, Esparto, West Sacramento, Winters, and Woodland
  • The Mobile Vote Center is open for 7 days 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.:
    • Guinda on Tuesday, November 1
      7575 State Highway-16, Guinda; At the Guinda Post Office parking lot
    • Madison on Wednesday, November 2
      17776 County Road 89, Madison; At Guy's Corner parking lot
    • Zamora on Thursday, November 3
      9810 Blacks Street, Zamora; Between the Town Hall and the Post Office
    • Yolo on Friday, November 4
      14138 2nd Street, Yolo; At the Yolo Post Office parking lot
    • Clarksburg on Saturday, November 5
      52810 Netherlands Avenue, Clarksburg; At Delta High School parking lot
    • Dunnigan on Sunday, November 6
      29145 Main Street, Dunnigan; In front of the Dunnigan Fire Station
    • Knights Landing on Monday, November 7
      9696 Locust Street, Knights Landing; At Wayside Market parking lot

Election Worker Hours:

  • Before Election Day, Election Workers will arrive an hour before opening to the public and will stay about an hour after.
  • Mobile Vote Center workers will have a two-hour setup and tear-down before and after public hours; however, the Mobile Vote Center is not open on Election Day.
  • On Election Day: 6:00 a.m. to about 9:00 p.m or until completion.

Compensation and Training

  • All Election Workers earn a stipend calculated based on $17.92 per hour.
  • Inspectors receive an additional daily stipend of $25.00.
  • Some Election Workers with ballot delivery assignments will receive reimbursement for mileage at a rate of $0.585 per mile.
  • An additional bilingual stipend may be available for qualified individuals at $10.00 per day. (American Sign Language (ASL), Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, and Spanish.)
  • County employees must identify themselves when they sign-up to be an Election Worker for payroll purposes.
  • An additional stipend may be available to qualified Mobile Vote Center workers with a Class A California Driver's License. Such licensing is not required for serving at an MVC.

  • Training is paid with a stipend calculated based on a $17.92 hourly rate.
  • Training occurs in the weeks prior to the Vote Centers opening to the public.
  • There is a mandatory in-person training class and hands-on opportunities.
  • There is a mandatory self-paced online training with videos.
  • Inspectors serving at a "4-day Vote Center" or Mobile Vote Center must participate in training shifts at one of the "11-day Vote Centers."