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Poll Worker General Information


Voting in Monterey County is administered by poll workers, inspectors and clerks, appointed by the Monterey County Registrar of Voters.

Poll workers are responsible for conducting voting activities in strict accordance with California Election Code. The mission of a poll worker is to preserve the democratic process, protect voter rights, and to maintain the integrity of the vote.

The relationship created between the Elections office and the community of Monterey County is an essential one. In order for democracy to remain and prevail, we must bridge the gap between a government and its people. The role of the poll worker is to be this bridge at a local level.


  • Be either 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen and registered voter in California or a lawful permanent resident, or

  • Be a high school student, at least 16 years of age and in good academic standing

  • Read, speak and write English

  • Work on election day from 6:00 a.m. until all duties are complete, approximately 9:30 p.m.

  • Attend a 2 ½ hour mandatory training class, per election

  • Have transportation to and from the polling place


  • Prepare, open and close a polling place

  • Find voter information in the roster of voters

  • Issue and accept official ballots

  • Assist voters in any phase of the voting process

  • Perform all duties assigned by the Registrar of Voters

The inspector must also:

  • Be in charge of the polling place on Election Day

  • Assign duties to clerks

  • Call his/her clerks and confirm they will work on Election Day

  • Visit his/her polling place prior to Election Day and confirm availability

  • Receive and check election supplies


Standard poll worker stipend*:

Inspector $185
Clerks $135

Sign up to be a poll worker, complete the online application today.

*Standard stipend may not apply to all programs and is subject to change.


Election Officer List (PDF)