For questions or assistance with the County Employee Pollworker Program, please contact us by email
or call (800) SBC-VOTE or (800) 722-8683.

County Employee Pollworker Program

Who can participate?

Santa Barbara County permanent employees who are registered voters in any county in the State of California, or lawfully permitted for permanent residence in the United States in accordance with 8 U.S.C. Sec. 1101(a)(2) and otherwise eligible to vote pursuant to Election Code Section 2101 except for his/her lack of U.S. citizenship.

Need to register to vote?

You can register to vote online at:

Program details

  1. The employee will work at an assigned polling place in Santa Barbara County.
  2. The shift is from 6:00 am to approximately 9:00 pm
  3. Part time positions are NOT AVAILABLE.
  4. The employee must attend a poll worker training class.


Classes are by appointment only. There are both day and evening classes available and scheduled approximately 2 ½ weeks before the election. Time off to attend training during work hours must be coded as vacation hours.


Participants will receive a stipend ranging from $180-$240 depending on the position assigned.

Non-County Employees

If you know of someone who is available and interested in working at the polls on Election Day or helping on Election Night, please have them call (844) 259-0348 (toll free number) or complete the application on the Election Officer Information and Application page.

How to apply

  1. Obtain approval from your Supervisor to take a vacation day.
  2. Fax or Email the approved and signed application by fax, email or brown mail.
County Employee Volunteer Pollworker Application

Application Submission


Please FAX the signed and completed application to (805) 568-2209.


Please EMAIL the signed and completed application to email.


If fax or email is unavailable, hand-deliver, mail, or interoffice completed application to:
Elections Division - County Employee Poll Worker Program
Physical Address: 4440-A Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Mailing Address: PO BOX 61510, Santa Barbara, CA 93160-1510

If you cannot take the day off and would like to work at the Election Office after work on Election Night, return the application form and we will contact you with further information.