80 Poll Workers Still Needed for June Primary

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Source: Santa Barbara County

The Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters office is looking for at least another 80 volunteers to serve as poll workers for the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election, especially in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. Community participation is key to staffing the nearly 170 precinct boards for the election. Large employers in the county can show support by allowing and encouraging their employees to participate.

Poll workers who work at a polling place receive a stipend of $180 to $240 for Election Day and to attend training. Each polling place has one or more Precinct Boards comprised of one inspector and two to four clerks. Each polling place has a coordinator and if needed, a traffic clerk. To be a poll worker, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a registered voter in the State of California or lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States, as specified, and who is otherwise eligible to register to vote, except for his or her lack of United States citizenship.
  • Be able to follow written and verbal instruction.
  • Be available to serve Election Day (June 5) from approximately 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. or until all of the closing procedures have been completed.
  • Must be available to attend a mandatory training class.


Howard Hudson volunteers as a poll worker and as an Adopt-A-Poll organizer for the Santa Barbara Host Lions Club because he wants to be a part of the democratic process. Hudson added, “I feel that as a citizen I am obligated to do what I can to help with the process and I encourage others to get involved and participate. Election Day is busy, but rewarding and I get to meet others supporting our democratic process and right to vote.”

To learn more about the poll worker program and training process, please go to http://sbcassessor.com/Elections/Pollworker.aspx. To sign up, call 1 (844) 259-0348, or email to (Santa Barbara/Goleta/Carpinteria area):  sbpolls@co.santa-barbara.ca.us or (Santa Maria/Lompoc/Santa Ynez area): smpolls@co.santa-barbara.ca.us.

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Factotum Apr 21, 2018 09:37 PM
80 Poll Workers Still Needed for June Primary

Open Secrets provides names and numbers for the top poliitcal contributions, and whether they donate to Democrats or Republicans. The top 10 contributers are dominated by various left organizations and various unions, including the teachers unions.. All going to Democrat candidates. It is a myth politics are controlled by "the corporations". Open Secrets proves it is the various unions who call the shots.

Luvaduck Apr 21, 2018 10:08 AM
80 Poll Workers Still Needed for June Primary

Union membership has drastically plummeted since the 1970s. A huge portion of election money comes from corporations and extremely wealthy individuals through Sheltered PACs . Not bothering to read up on candidates & issues and voting your opinion on them is a de facto vote for extreme wealth & corporate-backed candidates. To add insult to injury, "little people" donations are in after-tax dollars. Contributions through corporations and PACs are expensed and deducted from their taxes.

Factotum Apr 21, 2018 12:45 PM
80 Poll Workers Still Needed for June Primary

The largest source of concentrated campaign money now comes from the public sector union interests and political action committees, including those trade unions who benefit from publicly-funded contracts. They want to make sure they have friendly faces sitting on both sides of the bargaining table when it comes to spending tax dollars. Time to replace your old "anti-corporation" sound bite with the easily discovered campaign finance facts. Public sector unions now represent an unelected fourth branch of government, that was never anticipated by the founders of our country.

Factotum Apr 21, 2018 12:41 PM
80 Poll Workers Still Needed for June Primary

Public sector union membership has soared in the past few decades and have essentially now taken over the electoral process in this state. Know the difference between public sector union membership often mandatory closed shop (government workers and taxpayer funded) - ---and the declining private union membership, which unfortunately did decimate the very industries that had supported them by becoming uncompetitive in the global marketplace.

Factotum Apr 20, 2018 06:25 PM
80 Poll Workers Still Needed for June Primary

Few care about elections any longer because they know the public union-backed candidates will win. Unionizing government employees and creating their huge political warchests effectively disenfranchized the voting public. Few can or are willing to go against these heavily funded government union backed candidates. Spend some time thinking about this. It will make sense.

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