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November 2022 Volunteer Opportunity: CA Poll Monitoring

September 8, 2022 Job Listing

Be a part of Advancing Justice – ALC’s long-running poll monitoring program and help protect democracy here in California.

When: Saturday, November 5 or Tuesday, November 8

Where: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Marin, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Placer, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Yolo Counties

Volunteer poll monitors will travel to five polling sites during a four-hour shift. During your visits, you will check for language and disability access (e.g., translated materials), assist voters who are encountering problems, and ensure voter harassment and disenfranchisement do not occur. You will be extensively trained and equipped with the tools to resolve a wide variety of issues. Volunteer poll monitors will have access to a legal support hotline that will help address and resolve problems you may encounter.

This is an in-person volunteer opportunity and you will be asked to enter indoor voting locations where you will encounter poll workers and voters who are not wearing masks. Please take this into consideration when deciding whether you would like to participate in our program.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • No poll monitoring experience necessary
  • Legal and non-legal backgrounds welcome
  • Basic English skills (limited English fluency is completely fine)
  • No language skills beyond English are required, but we are especially seeking people who speak Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Filipino/Tagalog, Punjabi, and Hmong
  • You do not have to be a U.S. citizen
  • Access to a car is strongly preferred*

*Unfortunately, given the lack of reliable transportation alternatives in certain counties and locations, we cannot guarantee that volunteers without access to a car will be to participate in the program.

Time Commitment: In addition to a four-hour shift, volunteers should prepare to travel up to 90 minutes to their assigned polling places. Volunteers will also be asked to attend a 90-minute online training session prior to volunteering. ALC makes every effort to reduce travel time while still ensuring that coverage needs are met.

Ready to volunteer? Take the following steps:

  1. Fill out our 2022 poll monitoring volunteer form
  2. Register for one of the following trainings. Do not sign up for a training until you have filled out the volunteer form:
    1. Training #1 Wednesday, October 19 6:30-8PM PT
    2. Training #2 Saturday, October 22 10-11:30AM PT
    3. Training #3 Tuesday, October 25 6:30-8PM PT
    4. Training #4 Thursday, October 27 12-1:30PM PT