Student Poll Worker Program

Program History
In 1996 the California State Legislature amended election law to allow high school students to serve as poll workers on Election Day. This special program gives students hands-on experience with the voting process. Join other high school students throughout Orange County as they discover firsthand how the American electoral process works. You'll have an opportunity to make a difference even before you can cast your vote!

Qualifications to Participate as a Student Poll Worker

At the time of the election, you must:

  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Be a United States citizen or Legal Permanent Resident
  • Be a current high school student in good academic standing
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Have written permission from your parent or guardian and school


  • You will receive $100 for volunteering on Election Day and $20 for attending the mandatory training ($120 to be precise!)
  • You will receive a personalized certificate of thanks from the Registrar of Voters
  • Some schools offer class credit for volunteering on Election Day, especially if you are in a government or political science class (check with your school administration or teachers)
  • Some schools also offer credit or hours for volunteering on Election Day in order to fulfill a community service requirement for graduation (check with your school administration or teachers)


  • Set up and administer designated polling place with assistance of your fellow poll workers 
  • Direct voters to sign in, and verify signature
  • Assist voters in the operation of the electronic voting booths or paper ballot voting
  • Answer voters' procedural questions
  • Close polls at the end of the Election Day with assistance of your fellow poll workers

Hours of Service 

  • Polling places are open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Poll workers must arrive at 6 a.m.
  • The assignment typically concludes at 9:30 p.m.

Application Procedure

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