The Department of Elections Invites San Franciscans to Volunteer as Poll Workers on Election Day, Tuesday, November 5

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Thursday, September 12, 2019– The Department of Elections is actively recruiting people interested in serving as poll workers. Poll workers are community volunteers who administer voting at polling places across the City on Election Day. For their service, poll workers receive a stipend ranging from $180 to $240, depending on the assignment.

“Each election, we recruit more than 2,000 volunteers to assist voters at the polls. Those who served as poll workers before as well as newly-recruited volunteers receive training and materials to make sure they are confident and ready to help voters on Election Day,” said Director John Arntz. “We depend on reliable and dedicated volunteers to make every Election Day run smoothly.”

On Election Day, each polling place is supported by a poll worker team comprised of an Inspector and three or four Clerks, including those recruited though the High School Student Poll Worker Program. Inspectors are responsible for bringing ballots and other voting materials to their assigned polling places on election morning and overseeing operations at the sites. Clerks assist with a variety of tasks including checking in voters, issuing ballots, and providing general voter assistance.

There are several ways to apply:  

  • Fill out an application at
  • Call the Department’s Poll Worker Recruitment Team at (415) 554-4395
  • Apply in person at the Department’s office in City Hall, Room 48.

In addition to recruiting poll workers, the Department is currently hiring temporary employees to assist with numerous tasks to be completed prior to, during, and after an election. The current listing of available positions is available on the Department of Human Resources’ website at


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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