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San Mateo County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder-Elections
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Official Election Site of San Mateo County

MARK CHURCH, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

Election Officer Application Form

Become an Election Officer


Working at the polls is a demanding but vital part of making democracy work. We are always looking for people to work at our polling places. We recruit and train approximately 1,600 workers for a countywide election. If you would like to serve, please complete the application below, call (650) 286-2810 or email us at electionofficertraining@smcare.org.


  1. The Hours - The polls open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM. Election Officers are required to be at the polling place from 6:00 AM to approximately 9:00 PM. You will be given two one-hour breaks during the day for meals.

  2. Compensation - A stipend of $140.00 for Inspectors (those in charge of the precinct) and $115.00 for Judges. An additional bonus of $8 is offered to those who travel out of their city to serve in a precinct elsewhere and $7 to Inspectors who pick up their supplies.

  3. Training Classes - Poll Workers are required to attend a training class for which you will be paid an additional stipend if you serve Election Day.

I hereby apply to work as an Election Officer for the County of San Mateo.



I am a registered California voter or permanent resident of the United States.

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I am fluent in the English language.

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I can read and write in English.

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I understand it is a long day (6:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m.) and I am able to do the work required.

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I have access to a cellular phone and am able to use it for emergencies on Election Day.

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I have a car available to use on Election Day (not required to serve).

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Registration & Elections Division
40 Tower Road, San Mateo, CA 94402
Phone: (650) 312-5222
Fax: (650) 312-5348
Email: registrar@smcare.org


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Dial 711 For Telecommunications Relay Service
Phone: 1 (888) 762-8683
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Phone: 1 (888) 762-8683 or 1 (888) SMC-VOTE