Student Program

The Shasta County Registrar of Voters Office coordinates and administers a Student Poll Worker Program that offers qualified high school students the opportunity to get involved with the democratic process. While students may learn the basic of democracy in the classroom, this invaluable elections training and real life experience will lay the foundation for a lifetime of civic involvement and responsibility.

Complete the Student Poll Worker Application, the application must be printed to obtain signatures and returns to our office.Written permission from both your parent/guardian & school counselor/principal must be submitted before your application can be approved.

Students Poll Worker Requirements
• Be a U.S. Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident
• Be at least 16 years of age
• Have a 2.5+ G.P.A.
• Receive parent/guardian permission
• Get the approval of your school counselor or principal
• Complete Poll Worker training class
• Participate in polling site setup
• Work on Election Day
Benefits to Students
• Earn a $100.00 stipend for working Election Day
• Earn community service credits
• Learn about the election process first hand
• Learn about the importance of voting
• Fulfill your civic responsibility
• Gain volunteer experience (great addition to your college applications)
• Learn valuable skills by working with the public
• Essential job experience that involves cooperation, organization, decision making & customer service skills
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I APPLY?
Once your application is approved and you have been selected to be on a Precinct Board, you will receive a postcard requesting your availability for an upcoming election. If you are available you must return this post card in order to be on the list for the upcoming election. As the election draws near, your Inspector will contact you with further instructions.
TRAINING
To participate as a Student Poll Worker, you must complete one in-class training session before Election Day. The class will provide you with the processes and procedures you need to know in order to effectively perform your duties. We offer classes in Redding, Anderson, and Burney beginning one month before Election Day. For those with busy schedules there are limited evening and Saturday training classes offered.
BEFORE THE ELECTION
Your Inspector will contact you before Election Day about set-up of your polling site. Please verify directions to your polling site and arrange for transportation.
ELECTION DAY
Polls are open from 7am to 8pm poll workers are on duty from 6 am until 9pm with regular breaks for rest and meals.
BREAKS
The Inspector will schedule the breaks so that there is always adequate staffing to handle voters. We recommend that you bring food and drinks for the day as work will be steady.
DRESS AND DEMEANOR
Dress appropriately and maintain personal hygiene. Wear layered clothing, as temperature conditions will vary during the day. You are representing the county as a non-partisan Student Poll Worker. Therefore, conversations about political party activities or philosophies, observations about voting activities of individuals or groups, or any dialogue that is political in nature are not permitted within the polling site. Treat everyone with respect and dignity.
CANCELLATIONS
If you are not able to meet your responsibilities as a Student Poll Worker for any reason, please contact our office and your Inspector as soon as possible. There are a limited number of placements in many areas, and your prompt notification may provide an opportunity for another student to participate.
COMMUNITY SERVICE CREDITS OR STIPEND
As a volunteer Student Poll Worker, you have the option of receiving community service credits or a stipend for your participation in the program. The stipend includes $100.00 for the full Election Day. Stipends will be sent to the mailing address provided in your application, and will arrive after Election Day.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM?
Please call our office at 530-225-5730 or email elections@co.shasta.ca.us