Poll workers are desperately needed in Santa Barbara County for the March 3 Presidential Primary Election, and training for the volunteer positions is scheduled to start Tuesday.
Joseph Holland, county clerk-recorder-assessor and registrar of voters, said 26 volunteers are needed to serve as clerks in South County, and even more are needed throughout the county as back-up workers in case of last-minute cancellations.
Holland said community participation is key to staffing the nearly 170 precinct boards for the election.
“Poll workers are on the frontline of democracy; without them voting does not happen,” he said.
Each polling place has one or more precinct boards composed of one inspector and two to four clerks as well as a coordinator and, if needed, a traffic clerk.
Volunteers receive a stipend of $180 to $240 to work at a polling place on election day and to attend training.
To qualify as a poll worker, a volunteer must be a registered voter in California or lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States who, except for a lack of U.S. citizenship, would otherwise be eligible to register to vote.
In addition, a volunteer must be able to follow written and verbal instructions, attend a mandatory training class and be available to serve from about 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 3.
For more information, visit http://sbcassessor.com/Elections/Pollworker.aspx.
To sign up, call toll-free 844-259-0348 or, for the Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Ynez areas, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This report was compiled by Mike Hodgson, associate editor for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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