L.A. Needs Poll Workers for 2015 Municipal Elections

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Speakers of Japanese and other languages sought.

Los Angeles City Clerk Holly Wolcott announced Jan. 6 that the Office of the City Clerk is in need of approximately 4,000 additional poll workers to staff polls for the 2015 municipal elections on March 3 and May 19.

The Office of the City Clerk expects to recruit a total of 6,024 poll workers and place them at polling locations throughout the election jurisdiction. Poll workers play an integral part in meeting voters’ needs by ensuring their neighbors have the opportunity to vote locally in their communities.

Poll workers earn stipends for each election day they work. Inspectors receive a $100 stipend and are paid an additional $25 for attending a mandatory training class and another $50 for picking up and dropping off polling place supplies and voting equipment. All other non-supervisory poll workers will receive an $80 stipend and an additional $25 for attending a mandatory training class.

In order to serve as a poll worker, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen and registered voter who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day, and is able to speak, read, and write in English.

In addition to English-speaking poll workers, the Election Division seeks bilingual poll workers who speak English and one of 11 languages: Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Applicants may sign up by calling the Poll Worker Recruitment Hotline toll-free at (866) 899-VOTE (8683) or locally at (213) 978-0363, or by sending an email to [email protected]

An online poll worker application is also available by visiting http://cityclerk.lacity.org/election/pollworkeronline/. More information can be found online at http://clerk.lacity.org/elections/.

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