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Auburn, Calif. – Democracy doesn’t happen by itself.

Staffing Placer County’s polling sites each election takes more than 1,600 poll workers, and our office of elections is now accepting applications for all positions for California’s June 7 presidential primary election and the Nov. 8 presidential general election. It’s a great chance to give back to the community, be a part of the excitement of our democratic process and earn a little money, too.

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“Poll workers are the backbone of our political process,” said Jim McCauley, Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters. “Plus, it’s a great way to serve your community and to get to know your neighbors, too!”

Poll workers must be at least 18 years old (unless participating in the student poll worker program), be registered to vote in California or a permanent legal resident of the United States, provide their own transportation and be able to work from 6 a.m. to around 9 p.m. on the day of the election.

Poll worker duties include opening and closing polling sites, verifying voter names on election rosters and issuing and collecting ballots. Pay ranges from $85 to $100. Volunteers earn an additional $20 for attending poll worker training, required for certain positions.

Volunteering can be a great fundraising opportunity for service clubs or community organizations. Staffing an entire precinct can earn a group up to $730.

For more information or to apply online, visit the Placer County elections website or call the office of elections at 530-886-5650 or 1-800-824-8683.

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