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Election Worker FAQ's

Click on the questions below for the most frequently asked questions on becoming and working as an election worker.

You can also download a comprehensive Election Worker FAQ.

Pollworker FAQs

What is the County Election Worker Program?

A Board of Supervisors approved program which encourages Los Angeles County employees to serve as election workers on Election Day and make a difference in their community.

How many hours will I work?

Although the average service for an Election Worker is 14 to 15 hours on Election Day, the rewards to you and the community are immeasurable.

The polls are typically open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You would be required to arrive between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. to prepare voting materials. Closing the polls and related duties take about an hour and your service would conclude around 9 p.m.

What will I do as an election worker?

As an election worker, you will:

  • Help set up the polls
  • Assist voters when signing in
  • Issue ballots
  • Account for ballots and pack supplies after voting has ended
How will I be trained?
  • Choose from dozens of training classes located throughout Los Angeles County
  • You will receive a $25 bonus for attending a training class if you serve as an election worker
What are the benefits of serving as an election worker?

As a election worker:

  • You can earn anywhere between $80 and $175 for working on Election Day and attending training
  • You can help your community by providing assistance on Election Day and helping each person vote
How do I know if I am eligible to be an election worker?

To become an election worker in Los Angeles County, you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older (unless participating in the Student Election Worker Program)
  • A resident of California
  • A United States citizen registered to vote or a legal permanent resident (green card holder)
Where will I serve as a County election worker?

You will be assigned in a polling place based on where there are critical shortages of workers.

Election Workers are either assigned to a polling location:

  • Near their home, office, or day care facility.
  • If willing, anywhere throughout the County as needed.
How do I prepare the day before Election Day?

If you are an inspector, ask yourself:

  • Did you contact the people working on Election Day?
  • Did you pick up your supplies?
  • Did you go through the supply box to make sure you have all the items?
  • Did you charge your County issued cell phone?
What do I do on the morning of Election Day?
  • Arrive at the polls on Election Day at 6 a.m.
  • Turn on your cell phone
  • Review the Election Guide and "What to Do If..." guide
  • Set up and open by 7 a.m.
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