Election Workers


Election Workers

The San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division currently has multiple career opportunities available! Below you will find details about each available position including job summaries, salaries, duties, requirements, and how to apply. 


Election Vote Center Representative

Ideal candidates will have a minimum of one year of general clerical, office assistant, phone services or computer experience, and a close attention to detail. Vote Center hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily during the period of operation, including weekends and holidays, and 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Election Day. These positions may require evening work assignments. 

The position requires basic addition and subtraction. Vote Center representatives must be proficient in the operation of a computer and computer software and applications. 

Applicants with experience as Poll Workers or Vote Center Representatives are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Critical skills for all Vote Center positions include the ability to prioritize work, coordinate several activities, organize and maintain accurate files and records, and understand and carry out oral and written directions.


Join Student Democracy Program

Student Democracy Program


What is Student Democracy Program?

Student Democracy Program is the San Mateo County Student Vote Center Ambassadors Program aimed at giving high school students an inside look at American democracy in action. Student Vote Center Ambassadors are essential members of the Election Day team, assisting voters and participating in Vote Center operations.


Vote Center Volunteer

Do you enjoy voting?  Do YOU have what it takes to serve on democracy’s front line?  Then sign-up to be a Vote Center Volunteer!  We need energetic and dedicated people to serve on Election Day.

  • Vote Center Volunteers arrive at the Vote Centers at 6:30 a.m. to setup, and the day generally lasts until 9:00 p.m.  During the day you will receive two (2) one-hour breaks.
  • Vote Center Volunteers will greet voters, distribute election materials and voter check in forms, direct voters, and conduct line management.
  • If you serve as a Vote Center Volunteer on Election Day, you will also be given a small stipend for your service of $115.
  • You will attend one training class. If you attend this class and serve on Election Day, you will be paid an additional $25.

Are YOU ready to serve? It is a great way to make a contribution to our democracy and local communities. Sign up today!


Election Materials Courier

Job Summary

To ensure the secure and efficient return of election materials to the Registration & Elections Division after the close of Vote Centers. 


Drivers: $50.00 and Mileage Reimbursement at a rate of $0.575 per mile*
Attendants: $50.00
Training: $15.00
Note: County employees will receive payment through payroll check

*Mileage is only reimbursed for travel from Vote Centers to Elections Office. 

Major Duties

  • It is REQUIRED that each team call the Registration & Elections Division on Election Day between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM to confirm their attendance that night. 
  • Each team is to report to their first assigned location at 8:00 p.m. or sooner.
  • Each team is to offer assistance to the Voter Center Representatives.
  • Each team is to pick up election materials from their assigned locations.
  • Each team must update the Registration & Elections Division on the following:
    (1) departure from a location.
    (2) if any problems arise.
  • Once all assigned materials are collected and reported to the Registration & Elections Division, each team is to deliver everything to:

Registration & Elections Division
40 Tower Road
San Mateo, CA 94402

  • Duration of assignments are estimated to be 2.5 hours; however, couriers are required to wait for all election materials to be prepared prior to leaving the Vote Center.


  • Drivers are required to:
  1. be at least 18 years of age;
  2. have a good driving record;
  3. have a vehicle that locks (no open trucks); 
  4. have the ability to carry at least four (4) 18” ballot boxes; and
  5. be able to work until midnight or later on Election Day. Each team will pick up at least two sets of election materials. The actual box dimensions are:
    • Four Blue Ballot Boxes (minimum): 18” Wide x 18” High x 10” Deep
  • Couriers are expected to have the ability to:
    • Lift up to 35 lbs
    • Assist busy Vote Centers with voting operations
    • Patiently wait for Vote Center Representatives to prepare materials
    • Behave in a professional manner
    • Provide excellent customer service

Please complete the application form below.

For questions, please contact Tristan Reid at breid@smcacre.org or 650.312.5202.