County seeks volunteers to be Poll Workers for Election Days in June and November

Need for civic-minded citizens to help throughout the county in June and November

Kelly Davis and her fellow Contra Costa volunteers have an early wake-up call on Election Day, but most of them don’t mind the long hours.

Each of them has their own unique reasons for being poll workers. And the Contra Costa County Elections Division is looking for civic-minded men and women to consider joining them.

Davis, of Orinda, is motivated to get out of bed on Election Day and stay energized during the day to raise money for foster children.

Monnie Segelke of Danville and Maude DeVictor of Richmond both find fulfillment in helping voters and enjoy seeing neighbors and familiar faces at their polling places.

Like many volunteers, Julie Southern of Antioch grew up in a family who emphasized civic participation.

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 6:00 am to 9:00 pm 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 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.

“I enjoy being involved in the democratic process, and there’s no better way than being a poll worker because you’re involved in the nitty-gritty,” Southern said. “I can say I’m a part of history.”

Participants are awarded special election pin denoting their service.

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.

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