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Santa Barbara County says poll workers ‘desperately needed’

Santa Barbara County says poll workers ‘desperately needed’

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

To sign up, call toll-free 844-259-0348 or, for the Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Ynez areas, email

This report was compiled by Mike Hodgson, associate editor for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. He can be reached at


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Lee Central Coast Newspapers associate editor Mike Hodgson covers Santa Barbara County government and events and issues in Santa Ynez Valley. Follow him on Twitter @MHodgsonSYVNews.

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