Working at the Polls
If you would like to serve your community on Election Day as a Precinct Officer, Madera County needs your assistance.
Precinct Officers are paid for their services.
The positions available are Inspector, Equipment Inspector, and Judge.
A precinct board is comprised of 1 Inspector, 1 Equipment Inspector (as applicable) and 2 to 3 Judges.
To get involved, call the Elections Division at (559) 675-7720, (800)-435-0509. Download the application below and mail it in, or contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Be a Precinct Officer you must be:
- A registered voter in Madera County, or
- A permanent legal resident of the United States (permanent legal residents may work as Judges only)(Assembly Bill 817)
- Able to follow verbal and written instruction
- Able to serve on Election Day from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- All workers earn $10.50 per hour (California Minimum Wage)
- Inspector – Additional Duties Stipend $60.00 (Flat Rate)
- Training – Inspector Mandatory Attendance $30.00 (Flat Rate)
- Training – Judges Mandatory Attendance $15.00 (Flat Rate)
- Equipment Training – Inspector and Equipment Inspectors Mandatory Attendance ($30.00 flat rate) (if equipment is assigned to your precinct board)
- Mileage – paid at .535¢ per mile to attend training and for ballot delivery to drivers only on election night
Duties of the Inspector – The person in charge of the polling place:
- Attend mandatory training class (approximately 2 hours) to receive training and pick up the supplies and ballots for Election Day.
- Check supplies to be certain you have been provided all materials needed to conduct the election.
- Call the other Board Members assigned to your precinct and remind them to appear on election day.
- Call the polling place contact person to ensure you will have access at 6:00 a.m. election morning.
- Assign duties, including set up, clean up and breaks to the Board Members.
- Return the ballots and supplies to the central counting center (or as otherwise instructed); accompanied by another board member of your choice.
Duties of the Equipment Inspector – The person in charge of the electronic voting equipment:
- Attend mandatory training class (approximately 1 hour) to receive hands-on equipment training.
- Pick up Voting Equipment and necessary supplies on following training.
- Set up Voting Equipment on Election Day.
- Verify and Inspect Seals on Voting Equipment.
- Issue Access Codes to Voters voting on Electronic Equipment.
- Assist voters as necessary on the use of the Voting Equipment.
Duties of the Judges (Clerks):
- Attend Mandatory Training class (approximately 2 hours)
- Assume duties as assigned by the Inspector including, but not limited to – finding voter’s names on the precinct index, have voters sign the Roster, issue Official Ballot card(s), deposit voted ballots into the ballot box, set up, clean up and assist in any way possible.
- Fill in for the Inspector at his/her break time or in case of last minute emergency, if requested.
- Accompany Inspector to the Central Counting Center to turn in the ballots and supplies on election night, if requested.