Poll Worker and Field Support Careers Resources

The Department of Elections is committed to helping poll workers and roving field support workers (Field Election Deputies) leverage their Election Day experience into future careers. On this page, you can learn how to request a poll worker or field support service verification letter, add a description of your Election Day service to a resume or cover letter, and explore free local, state, and federal employment resources.

Request an Official Election Day Service Verification Letter

Did you know that you can request proof of your Election Day service and receive an Official Election Day Service Verification Letter? You may submit your request using the form below or contact the poll worker division by sending an email to pw@sfgov.org, calling (415) 554-4395, or visiting the Department of Elections’ office in City Hall, Room 48. Once we receive your request, we will respond to you within three business days.

Request an Official Election Day Service Verification Letter

Add Election Day Experience to your Resumé

A description of poll worker or field support service makes a great addition to any resume or cover letter!

Depending on your particular experience, you may want to use one of the resume examples below. If you will be submitting a cover letter along with your resume, you may want to explain how your experience as a Poll Worker (Clerk or Inspector) or roving field support worker (FED or DST) improved your skills likely to be important to your potential new employer.

Poll Worker Clerk - Sample Resume and Cover Letter

Poll Worker Clerk - Sample Resume and Cover Letter

Resume Example:

  • Set up and break down worksite according to instructions outlined by the Department
  • Greeted voters and provided election information and assistance, free of personal opinion
  • Answered questions about voting, language accessibility, and voting rights in easily understandable ways
  • Issued ballots to voters and directed them on how to cast their ballot privately and securely

Cover Letter Example:

As a poll worker clerk, I have served [xx] elections with my last election being on [on xx date]. Before Election Day, I would [explain how you would prepare yourself] to prepare myself for the long day. On Election morning, I began by quickly setting up a polling place in the morning using a detailed instructional manual; this required working collaboratively with my poll worker team under a number of logistical, temporal, and legal constraints. I then spent the next 13 hours assisting voters with many different kinds of questions and communicating critical information in a courteous and punctual manner. On Election night, I worked with my team to successfully close the polls at our polling place by accounting for all ballots used and unused, and securing all equipment and supplies. By serving as a poll worker, I was able to [explain what you gained by serving as a poll worker].

Poll Worker Inspector - Sample Resume and Cover Letter

Poll Worker Inspector - Sample Resume and Cover Letter

Resume Example:

  • Acquired knowledge of set-up and break down of voting equipment and how voters are able to use the equipment
  • Lead a team to set up and break down worksite according to instructions outlined by the Department
  • Supported team to greet voters and provided election information and assistance, free of personal opinion
  • Answered questions about voting, language accessibility, and voting rights in easily understandable ways
  • Organized and transferred custody of the site’s vital election materials to Department’s ballot collection officers

Cover Letter Example:

As a poll worker inspector, I have served [xx] elections with my last election being on [on xx date]. Before Election Day, I would [explain how you would prepare yourself] to prepare myself for the long day. On Election morning, I began by quickly organizing the team and reviewing the plan to set up an accessible polling place using a detailed instructional manual and site-specific instructions from the Department; this required working collaboratively with my poll worker team under a number of logistical, temporal, and legal constraints. I then spent the next 13 hours assisting poll worker clerks and voters with many different kinds of questions and communicating critical information in a courteous and punctual manner. Throughout the day, I would communicate with the Department on the progress of voting and any issues that may arise. On Election night, I worked with my team to successfully close the polls at our polling place by accounting for all ballots used and unused, and securing all equipment and supplies. After the support of my team, I organized and transferred custody of the site’s vital election materials to Department’s ballot collection officers. By serving as a poll worker, I was able to [explain what you gained by serving as a poll worker].

Field Election Deputy (FED) - Sample Resume and Cover Letter

Field Election Deputy (FED) - Sample Resume and Cover Letter

Resume Example:

  • Supported ___ (number) polling places by providing extra supplies and de-escalating situations
  • Sustained efficient and clear communication between polling places and the Election Center, ensuring voting always continued
  • Found creative solutions to troubleshoot malfunctioning machines during voting hours
  • Maintained a positive attitude in emergency voting situations, such as setting up a polling place outside when poll workers were locked out of the location

Cover Letter Example:

As a roving field election deputy, I have served [xx] elections with my last election being on [on xx date]. On Election morning, I began Election Day by picking up my supplies and traveling to [xx number] of polling places to ensure all of the voting sites in my territory were compliant with applicable temporal and legal rules. Working with the teams and the department, I ensured all polling places were able to serve voters starting at 7am. I then spent the next 13 hours helping teams in my territory resolve time-sensitive technical and logistical issues in creative and effective ways. On Election night, I worked with all of the teams in my territory to successfully close their polls and assisted each site in transferring custody of their vital election materials to San Francisco’s ballot collection officers. By serving as a field election deputy, I was able to [explain what you gained by serving as a FED].

District Support Team (DST) - Sample Resume and Cover Letter

District Support Team (DST) - Sample Resume and Cover Letter

Resume Example:

  • 2 weeks of work, consisting of operating a City vehicle and delivering equipment to polling places before Election Day, and retrieving equipment from polling places after Election Day.
  • Working one approximately 20-hour day on Election Day, consisting of operating a City vehicle and driving to and from predetermined locations within the San Francisco area.
  • On Election Day - providing direct support to 28-29 polling places and enforcing accessibility guidelines as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • On Election Day - Installing accessibility mitigations such as signage, threshold ramps, and hazard mitigations.
  • On Election Day - Report problems to the Department of Elections on issues and resolutions at the polling sites; and carry out received instructions.

Cover Letter Example:

As a District Support Team member, I have served [xx] elections with my last election being on [on xx date]. For one week prior to Election Day, I supervised the delivery of voting equipment by my assigned team of movers. Each day, our delivery routes consisted of up to 12 locations. On Election morning, I began Election Day by picking up my vehicle and supplies and traveling to [xx number] of polling places to ensure all of the voting sites in my territory were compliant with ADA guidelines. Working with the teams and the department, I ensured all facilities serving as polling places were open and operating by 7am. Throughout the day, I installed various types of mitigations, enforced polling place layout, documented the operation of each site with photographs, and evaluated each site according to an accessibility checklist. After polls closed at 8pm, I worked with all of the teams in my territory to successfully close and lock these facilities and to retrieve various signage deployed throughout the day. By serving as a DST, I was able to [explain what you gained by serving as a FED].

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