Over 80 High School Students to Serve as County Poll Workers in November Election
Students can still apply to get firsthand experience at the polls

Archive Press Release

Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Alternate: Jim Irizarry, Assistant Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

(Redwood City, CA) Students from five County high schools are currently participating in the San Mateo County Registration & Election Division’s Poll Worker program for the November 7, 2017 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election.

The program, called democracyLIVE!, was established to give students a greater awareness of the election process and the rights and responsibilities of voters while serving their community as Poll Workers.

“Student Poll Workers make an invaluable contribution to our democratic process by directly serving the voting public at the polls on Election day,” said Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder for San Mateo County. “The experience will also help these students become better-informed voters in the future,” he added.

Participating High Schools

The students currently participating in democracyLIVE! represent five high schools, including:

Oceana High School
Carlmont High School
Woodside High School
Aragon High School
Burlingame High School

Training and Stipend

Participants will receive training in advance of the election. Student Poll Workers receive a stipend of $115.00 for the day, plus $25.00 for the time in the training if they serve on Election Day.

Eligibility Requirements

Participants must be:

  • Enrolled in high school or 2017 high school graduates
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States
  • Residents or students in San Mateo County
  • Sixteen years of age or older
  • Hold a minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Have the written permission of their parents (or guardians) and school
Application Deadline

The deadline for students to apply is October 31.

Spanish and Chinese Speakers

Fluent Spanish and Chinese language speakers are highly encouraged to join democracyLive!

For More Information

To learn more about democracyLIVE! or apply, contact Program Coordinator Karla Gallegos at 650.312.5292, email democracylive@smcare.org, or visit www.shapethefuture.org/electionofficers/democracylive.


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