County of San Benito Pollworker Information

Promote Democracy! Serve as a Pollworker on Election Day! If you are a registered voter or an eligible high school student, you may serve as a Poll worker!

Get Involved
star Assist voters on Election Day
star Earn extra money pay is $150 - $175

star Per election code 12309.5, poll workers are require to attend a poll worker training class and are paid $15 dollars
star Contact us at (831) 636-4016 for more information and to apply

Poll Worker Requirements

  • A poll worker shall be a voter of the state.
  • The poll worker may serve only in the precinct for which his or her appointment is received.
  • A student may be appointed (refer to Student Poll worker Program information below) as a poll worker. However, an elections official may appoint not more than five students per county to serve under the direct supervision of precinct board members designated by the elections official.

Student Poll Worker Program

>California Elections Code §12302 allows eligible students to be appointed as Poll workers on Election Day. As Poll workers, students learn first hand the importance of participating in the electoral process. In addition, they provide much needed support at polling place locations.

In order to eligible to be appointed as a Poll worker, a student must be: 

  • A United States citizen;
  • At least 16 years of age at the time of the election in which he or she will be serving;
  • A high school student with a grade point average of at least 2.5 (based on a 4.0 scale);
  • A student in good standing, attending a public or private secondary educational institution.

In addition to gaining experience in the electoral process, students can also be paid between $75 and $150 for service (call us for more information at 831- 636-4016)

For more information, please contact us at (831) 636-4016.

State Employees

Government Code 19844.7 allows state employees to take time off, without loss of pay, to serve as Poll workers on Election Day.


  • Employee shall be eligible for both regular State compensation and the fee paid by the Registrar of Voters for serving as a Poll worker.
  • Eligibility of a state employee to serve at the polls is subject to approval by the employee's manager or supervisor.
  • Employee seeking release time to work at the polls shall provide sufficient notice to allow department to maintain adequate coverage and meet operational needs.
  • Verification of service as a Poll worker on Election Day may be required by the appointing authority by requiring the employee to provide written verification of service from the Registrar of Voters, including the name of the employee serving and the date of the election.

For more information, please contact us at (831) 636-4016.

Download our Pollworker Application Form

Our Pollworker application form is available here for download in Adobe PDF format ready for you to fill out. To download a form in English, click here. To download a form in Spanish, click here. Please complete the form, print it out and mail or drop off at our office located at 440 Fifth Street, Room 206, Hollister, CA 95023.