Elections

Days from June 7 Election, Poll Workers Still Needed

The Presidential Primary Election is Tuesday, June 7 and the Registrar of Voters still needs 140 poll workers throughout the county. Bilingual poll workers are in special demand; 42 Spanish speakers, 37 Vietnamese speakers, seven Filipino speakers and three Chinese speakers are still needed to help voters on Election Day.

The Registrar also needs standby poll workers who can be assigned on short notice. Poll workers receive a stipend ranging from $75 to $175 depending on the assignment. Those who are bilingual receive an additional $15 if they are assigned specifically to provide language assistance to voters. Poll workers must be registered voters in California or must be permanent residents in the United States and have transportation to their assigned polling location. They will also need access to the Internet to complete an online training and attend a two-hour class.

The Registrar’s office is required by federal law to provide bilingual speakers and voting materials to voters who speak Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese. A survey by the University of California, Berkeley showed a need for speakers of Khmer, Japanese, Korean and Hindi at about 20 precincts so the Registrar’s office is also recruiting poll workers bilingual in those languages for the June 7 election. If you are bilingual in any one of the eight specific languages, the Registrar asks for your help in Tuesday’s election.

Prospective poll workers can apply online at sdvote.com. For more information, call (858) 565-5800 or email Pollworker@sdcounty.ca.gov.

 

Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact