County Employees as Poll Workers

It is increasingly difficult to recruit and retain poll workers. A poll worker will typically work over 15 hours on an election day and precinct inspectors will spend additional time setting up the poll and attending the school of instruction. Each year, Congress and/or the Legislature changes election laws, which require poll workers to know more and make more decisions, which affect the integrity of the election.

The Board of Supervisors, as overseer of elections in the County of Humboldt, supports and commends poll workers for their service and encourages other voters in the county to contribute to the democratic process by serving as poll workers.

 County Policy

The Board of Supervisors encourages county employees to serve as poll workers. This is the acceptable basis for such service:

  • On the request by an employee to volunteer as a poll worker, the appointing authority shall determine whether to grant such time off in accordance with the needs of the department.
  • The employee works as a poll worker for either a) his/her normal day's compensation or b) takes a vacation, holiday, or comp day and additionally receives the poll worker stipend. The stipend only applies to option B. The Board of Supervisors encourages appointing authorities to allow such time to be taken.
  • Any employee serving as a precinct inspector also is allowed to attend the school of instruction with pay if it takes place during the employee's regular work hours and the employee has indicated that he/she will be a poll worker for his/her normal day's compensation. The employee will not receive the precinct inspector's stipend or mileage allowance for the day. Any employee who is serving as a precinct inspector and taking the election day as a vacation, holiday, or comp day may use equivalent time as necessary to attend the school of instruction and will receive the inspector's stipend and mileage allowance.
  • Direct staff to inform county employees of the opportunity to work as poll workers.

Approved November 9, 1999