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Adopt-a-Poll Program

The Elections Division provides an opportunity for nonprofit groups to staff a precinct board or Polling Place and earn money for their organization. Santa Barbara County Elections currently works with several service organizations whose members donate their time on Election Day to work at a Polling Place and process voters. The money is then paid directly to the organization.

The level of commitment for an individual organization depends on the number of members. It is the organization's responsibility to fill each position and to inform their workers their wages are to be donated. The organization is required to give the names of the workers to the Santa Barbara County Elections approximately one month prior to Election Day.

For new Adopt-a-Poll organizations, volunteers will be assigned to work at various polling places throughout the area for their first election. Once the volunteers are experienced, they can be assigned to work together at the same facility for subsequent elections.

COVID-19 Updates

Please be aware, that the Santa Barbara County Elections office continues to remain apprised of the changing situation with COVID-19.

The Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters is committed to ensuring that voters can exercise their right to vote in a safe, secure and accessible manner during.

All actively registered voters will receive a ballot by mail this election. However, we know that there are circumstances where a voter will need to vote in-person.

Masks are required to be worn by in all indoor locations, per guidance from our local Public Health Officials. This applies to all persons at the polling place including voters and poll workers. Masks will be available to voters and poll workers without one.

Overview of Positions

Polling Place Supervisor

The Polling Place Supervisor oversees all polling place operations and Elections Officers. They are responsible for coordinating polling place setup and teardown, completing opening and closing procedures, and assigning Election Officers to lunches and breaks. They are also able to assist with any issues, answer procedural questions, and ensure correct procedures are being followed.

Polling Place Supervisors must attend two 2-hour training classes, and must pick up and return supplies.


Each precinct at the Polling Place will need to be staffed with an Inspector, which is the lead position at the precinct table. The Inspectors and Polling Place Supervisor must be committed to working the entire day to ensure a smooth process for voters.

Inspectors must attend two 2-hour training classes, and must pick up and return supplies.


Each precinct must also have two Clerks at all times to work at the precinct table; however, the Clerks are allowed to work in half or full day shifts.

Clerks must attend a 2-hour training.

Ballot Reception Clerks

Ballot Reception Clerks work at the ballot reception table.  They are responsible for tallying all returned regular ballots, vote by mail ballots, and provisional ballots.

Ballot Reception Clerks must attend a 2-hour training.

Traffic Clerk

Traffic Clerks work at Polling Places with two or more precincts or in our busier areas to help direct voters to the correct precinct table and assist voters who request Curbside Voting.

Traffic Clerks must attend a 2 hour training.

Pay and Qualifications

Organizations staffing a single precinct Polling Place (6 positions) can earn $1,020.00. Organizations staffing a two precinct Polling Place (9 positions) can earn $1,980.00. Some elections may require additional positions and therefore the organization will earn an additional amount based off of the additional positions required at that Polling Place.

Qualifications for volunteers

  1. Must be a registered voter in the State of California or lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States, as specified, and who is otherwise eligible to register to vote, except for his or her lack of United States citizenship.
    You can register to vote online at: California Online Voter Registration 
  2. Must be available to work on Election Day from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. or until all of the closing procedures have been completed.
  3. Must be available to attend a mandatory training class.


If your organization is interested in our Adopt-a-Poll Program, please click the link below and complete the application.

Adopt-a-Poll Program Application