San Diegans who want to help guarantee voters can make their voting decisions clear on the two upcoming special elections in March an volunteer to be a poll worker. The Registrar of Voters is still asking for volunteer applications.
Visit SDVOTE.com to apply.
Volunteers will work at the polls to take votes and check signatures on both the state senate district election day on March 12th voters will choose the replacement for Juan Vargas and the District 4 city council election on March 26th former councilman Tony Young's successor will be chosen.
Anyone not 18 or a U.S. citizen who is registered to vote in California does not have an opportunity to volunteer. Unless the San Diegan is 16 or older and participates in the registrar's High School Students program.
Workers earn a stipend of 75 dollars, or more, that cover the costs of volunteering, including meals and travel. Stipend size depends on the assignment. Precinct and touchscreen inspectors earn larger stipends. Typical workers take care of voters and close the polls. Some voters check signatures.
A stipend of 15 dollars is offered to those who use Chinese, Filipino, Spanish, or Vietnamese to assist voters.
Government workers can take a position without giving up an opportunity to earn money in government service. Both county and state employees get paid regular wages and earn a stipend.
A full staff of volunteers will "fulfill a vital role in the democratic process" and watch over fellow citizens at the polls on the special election days.
This is a Center Line Policy Alert.