Still months away from the June and November elections, the Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder-Elections Department is reaching out and hoping to attract citizens interested in serving as poll workers on Election Day.
Interested residents can direct message the office on Facebook (Engage Contra Costa, Contra Costa County Elections), Twitter (@cocoelections @engagecoco), Instagram (contra_costa_elections) or Snapchat (cocovote).
Elections officials hope to find dedicated volunteers like Kelly Davis of Orinda, who says she is motivated to get out of bed on Election Day and stays energized during the day to raise money for foster children.
Colleagues Monnie Segelke of Danville and Maude DeVictor of Richmond said they both find fulfillment in helping voters and enjoy seeing neighbors and familiar faces at their polling places.
No prior experience is necessary and training is provided. Poll workers receive a stipend for their service, which includes attending mandatory training and being present from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Election Day.
In an effort to make it as easy as possible for Contra Costans to volunteer, the Elections Division now allows applicants to email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a text message if they are interested. No cumbersome, time-consuming hand-written forms.
There are two chances for Contra Costa residents to work in 2016: June 7 and November 8. This is an historic year, as a new President and U.S. Senator will be elected.
Participants are awarded special election pin denoting their service and bilingual citizens are strongly encouraged to volunteer. County and State employees, as well as high school students who are at least 16, should also consider applying.
For more information, visit www.cocovote.us.