Department of Elections Begins Training Poll Workers for the November 8 Consolidated General Election

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, September 30, 2016– This weekend, the Department of Elections will commence poll worker training in preparation for the November 8 election.

The Department’s training team will conduct over 130 training classes and practice labs over the next four weeks to prepare nearly 2,900 volunteers to assist voters in every part of the voting process at 576 locations throughout the City on Election Day. 

In addition to in-person training, the Department offers a variety of online resources to help poll workers prepare, including videos, bilingual training materials, a Poll Worker Manual, and an interactive review and a quiz, all of which are available on the Poll Worker Resources section of   

Members of the public and the media are welcome to attend poll worker training as observers. For a copy of the training schedule, contact the Department at (415) 554-4375 or send an email to  

Poll Worker Recruitment Continues!

The Department has been reaching out to encourage community members to join the City’s poll worker team to ensure support and assistance for all voters at all neighborhood polling places.   

The Department has announced the opportunity to serve as a poll worker in several media: ads in 15 neighborhood newspapers, including newspapers that serve Chinese-, Japanese-, Korean-, Spanish -, or Vietnamese-speaking communities; ads in the San Francisco Examiner and SF Weekly;  30-second public service announcements airing on SFGovTV and in local theaters; digital posters displayed on hand-sanitizing stands at grocery store entrances; and postcards sent to residents of neighborhoods where poll workers are needed.

In addition to these efforts, the Department continues its partnership with San Francisco public and private schools to engage high schools students in the elections process by volunteering as poll workers.

Nearly 2,000 volunteers, including those recruited through the High School Student Poll Worker Program, have already committed to help us conduct the November 8 election. Anyone who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident is invited to apply to be a poll worker at the Department’s Recruitment Office, located in City Hall, Room 43B. The office is open every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:30 4 p.m. For one day of service, poll workers receive a stipend ranging from $142 to $195, depending on the assignment.



Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375

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