Santa Cruz County Elections

November 4, 2008
Presidential General Election


Pollworker Information


The Santa Cruz County Elections Department is constantly seeking people dedicated to the democratic process who are able to serve in a polling place on election day.

Each election 800 or more people are selected to staff polling places where they are responsible for issuing ballots, assisting voters, and closing the polls after voting concludes at 8 p.m.

Election officers can earn $75 for serving as a clerk and $100 for serving as an inspector. The inspector is responsible for managing the polling place and picking up the ballots prior to election day as well as returning voted ballots to the receiving center on election night.

If you are interested, please complete the application included in this web site and return it to the address provided at the top. Click Here for application


Due to a law that went into effect January 1, 1997, students may now serve in the polling places on election day.

Pursuant to Elections Code Section 12302, "In order to provide for a greater awareness of the elections process, the rights and responsibilities of voters and the importance of participating in the electoral process, as well as to provide additional members of precinct boards, an elections official may appoint not more than two students per precinct to serve under the direct supervision of precinct board members designated by the elections official.

In order for a student to be appointed to the precinct board, the school board must first give its approval. The student must be:

  • at least 16 years old
  • a United States citizen
  • in good standing attending a public or private secondary educational institution and
  • a grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Students need to complete an application and submit it to the Santa Cruz County Elections Department. If approved for service, students can earn $75 for serving in the polls on election day. Click Here for application.

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