Serve As An Election Officer

Before each statewide election, over a thousand Placer County residents sign up to help put on the single most important event we hold in our country: an election. Working together with their Voter Service Center team, and supported by the Elections Office staff, Election Officers (Election Aid Job Classification) make Election Day possible in Placer County. Election Officers have a shared mission to protect voter rights, serve voters with respect, and assist all voters with casting their vote.

Being an Election Officer is an exceptional opportunity to learn about the election process and serve your community. Apply today!

What To Expect As An Election Officer

As an Election Officer, you will be assigned to one of Placer County’s Voter Service Centers and be part of the team that makes Election Day happen. Voter Service Center teams typically include two Election Officer supervisors, known as the Inspectors, and several Election Officer clerks. For the four days (Saturday through Tuesday) in which our Voter Service Centers are open, you and your Voter Service Center team will be supported by the dedicated Elections Office staff providing remote assistance from the Elections Office, and field support staff providing in person assistance at the polls.

Election Officer responsibilities include assisting voters who come to receive a replacement ballot on Election Day(s) and completing various other tasks that are critical to ensuring the integrity of the election process, such as setting up the accessible voting equipment, making translated materials available, and transferring the custody of ballots after polls close. Voter Service Center Inspectors have additional responsibilities such as picking up supplies, supervising and assigning duties to the Clerks assigned to their team, and ensuring the Voter Service Center is continually operating according to procedures.


Governor Gavin Newsom issued executive orders N-64-20 and N-67-20 for the November 3, 2020 General Election in the March 4, 2020 proclamation of a State of Emergency in California as a result of the threat of COVID-19.

Every voter in California will automatically receive a vote by mail ballot. Even though we will mail every voter a vote by mail ballot, we will have Voter Service Centers to give voters the opportunity to replace their vote by mail ballot if needed.

We will be providing face masks, face shields, gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfecting kits in all our Voter Service Centers. We will also be implementing social distancing and training all election officers on how to keep their working areas clean and safe.

The Secretary of State’s office recognizes that further changes may be needed to safely administer the November 2020 General Election. While the impacts felt by the current health pandemic are developing on a daily basis, the Secretary of State is reviewing options for the safe and healthy administration of the November General Election. Any changes to election administration would be made in collaboration with county elections officials, the State Legislature, and the Governor. The goal of any changes would be to protect voting rights, voting access, public health, and public safety.

Apply To Be An Election Officer

We are currently hiring for the November 2020 Presidential General Election. If you are interested in serving as an Election Officer in one of our Voter Service Centers and meet the qualifications, we encourage you to apply!

Dates: October 31, 2020 – November 3, 2020

Times: TBD

Training: TBD (You will be required to attend a mandatory two-week in person training prior to working in a Voter Service Center).


To serve as an Election Officer, you must:

  • Be 18 years old
  • Be a U.S. citizen, and a registered voter in California or a non-citizen with permanent resident status who would otherwise be eligible to vote
  • Be able to communicate effectively and follow written instructions
  • Be able to attend mandatory in-person training prior to each election

*Submitting an application does not guarantee a position.

Bilingual Election Officers

Do you speak another language? Placer County needs you!

We are actively seeking Election Officers who are fluent in English and any of the following languages:

  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Korean
  • Punjabi

Bilingual Election Officers are integral to ensuring language accessibly throughout Placer County Voter Service Centers. As a bilingual Election Officer, you will be readily available to greet, assist and translate election materials in your language to any voter who requires language assistance.

Apply today and be sure to indicate what other language(s) you speak on your application!

Election Officers Positions


The Inspectors have the responsibility of overseeing all operations at their assigned Voter Service Center. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Manage and work with Election Officers assigned to the Voter Service Center
  • Coordinate access to their assigned Voter Service Center
  • Pick up Voter Service Center supplies
  • Prepare, open, maintain and close the Voter Service Center each day
  • Assign duties and break times to clerks
  • Issue ballots and assist voters with various needs
  • Assist provisional voters with casting a ballot
  • Ensure all procedures are being followed accurately
  • Transporting ballots and supplies to a collection center each night
  • Communicate regularly with the Elections office
  • Enforce and follow state and federal laws by performing tasks as instructed

Clerks report to and take direction from the Voter Service Center Inspectors. Clerks have the responsibility to assist the Inspectors in all Voter Service Center operations.  Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Set up equipment and supplies
  • Greet voters
  • Direct voter traffic to promote efficiency and keep lines moving
  • Issue ballots and assist voter with various needs
  • Assist with closing procedures
  • Enforce and follow state and federal laws by performing tasks as instructed

NOTE: All positions will be required to attend several days of paid mandatory training classes.

Election Officer Training


  • Election Officer Training is TBD
  • Election Officers will be notified of the training dates and times in their appointment letter.



Election Officer Reminders

  • You are representing the Placer County Elections Office. We recommend comfortable, appropriate clothing and shoes. No tank or halter tops, shorts, torn clothing, flip flops or open toe shoes. No political or offensive slogans or buttons are allowed on you or your clothing. If the Inspector feels you are not dressed appropriately, they will request you return home to change.
  • You will be assigned to a Voter Service Center which will be open a minimum of 8 hours on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and will be open from 7AM to 8PM on Election Day. You will remain on site (except during breaks) until released.
  • Members of the Voter Service Center consist of Inspectors and Clerks. The Inspectors lead, supervise, and instruct the Clerks with duties for opening and closing of the polls and other tasks throughout the day. The Inspectors will also contact you prior to Election Day.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the voting area (water is ok but keep away from electronic devices).
  • There is no smoking at any Voter Service Center.
  • No internet/Wi-Fi capable devices, cells phone or laptops are allowed while working
  • Be patient, helpful, and courteous to the voters, observers, and other Election Officers.
  • The voting process may be observed by others, but observers may not interfere with the privacy of voters or Election Officer duties.

  • No electioneering (political campaigning) is allowed within one hundred feet of the Voter Service Center entrance. No newspapers, radios, television, or campaign literature are allowed in the Voter Service Center.
  • Election Support Staff

    The Placer County Elections Office is dedicated to ensuring that all our Election Officers feel confident, supported, and ready to serve. In addition to our in depth, hands on training, our office provides support personnel that will be available to help with any potential issues that may arise at a Voter Service Center.

    Our Election Help line will be available to take calls and walk you through any procedural questions that you may have.

    Our Information Technology help line will be available to assist you and walk you through any equipment issues that you may encounter at a Voter Service Center.

    The Placer County Elections Office conducts accessibility surveys at all our Voter Service Centers prior to the election to ensure that every facility meets the guidelines and is deemed accessible for all voters. Support personnel will be readily available to help mitigate any potential accessibility issues and our office will also provide you with detailed instructions and diagrams to assist you in setting up equipment.

    Field support staff will also be available to ensure that equipment is set up properly and that all Voter Service Centers are open and operating according to procedures. Staff will also be available to replenish any needed supplies throughout the day.

    We do not want our Election Officers to feel unsupported or overwhelmed, so please give us a call, we are here to help you!

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    *Please note, this is not an official application.

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