Poll Workers Needed for June Primary Election

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Source: County of Santa Barbara 

The Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters office is looking for volunteers to serve as poll workers for the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election. 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. 

As to why people should volunteer, Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor & Registrar of Voters said, “Poll workers are on the frontline of democracy; without them voting does not happen.” 

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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CCHandyMan Apr 01, 2018 07:47 AM
Poll Workers Needed for June Primary Election

The polling place is not the place to screen eligibility to vote. When a person registers to vote is where the screening takes place. If you're not on the registered list for your voting precinct you can't vote.

Factotum Apr 01, 2018 08:51 AM
Poll Workers Needed for June Primary Election

Joseph E Holland is the County Clerk-Recorder who is in charge of local elections. This is an elective position so anyone interested in election matters can run for this office. Questions about local elections can be addressed on the county website or the office of County Elections, located in the county administrative offices on Calle Real. As voters and taxpayers, it is important to know your elected officials, what their duties and responsibilities are and who best serves this office when they are up for election or re-election. These are your chosen public servants. We are their bosses, via the elective process.

a-1522611381 Apr 01, 2018 12:36 PM
Poll Workers Needed for June Primary Election

CCHANDYMAN: incorrect re: not being allowed to vote if one is not listed on the "registered list" (properly known as "The Roster"). One can always request, if not on The Roster, to be allowed to vote "Provisionally." Provisional votes are then vetted after polls close, at the Elections office. Whether or not that particular Provisionally voted ballot then counts depends on if the voter is indeed registered within the City/ County of Santa Barbara.

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