Poll Workers Still Needed for June 7 Election

Time is running short, and poll workers, especially those who are bilingual in any one of eight specific languages, are still needed for the June 7 Presidential Primary Election.

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.

In addition, the Registrar needs standby poll workers who can be assigned on short notice. Standbys who can also speak a second language are in demand, too. Poll workers receive a stipend ranging from $100 to $175 depending on the assignment, and 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 the state of 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.

Bilingual poll workers are needed in these cities and neighborhoods:  

Alpine, Bostonia, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Carlsbad, Chollas Park, Chula Vista, Clairemont, Crest, Del Dios, Del Mar Heights, El Cajon, Encanto, Encinitas, Escondido, Fairbanks, Helix, Jamacha, Julian, La Jolla, La Mesa, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, Linda Vista, Loma Portal, Navajo, Oceanside, Pacific Beach, Point Loma, Pomerado, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Peñasquitos, Rolando Redwood, Santee, San Marcos, Scripps Pomerado, South Bay, South San Diego, Spring Valley, UTC, Valle De Oro, Vista.

Prospective poll workers can apply online at sdvote.com. For more information, call (858) 565-5800 or email pollworker@sdcounty.ca.gov. The Registrar of Voters office is located at 5600 Overland Ave., San Diego, 92123 on the County Operations Center campus. 

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