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Volunteer opportunity: Poll monitoring in June 2022

April 7, 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, June 4th or Tuesday, June 7th.

Where: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Marin, Merced, Napa, 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 in addressing and resolving problems you may encounter.

Note that 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 experience necessary
  • Legal and non-legal backgrounds welcome
  • Basic English skills
  • No language skills beyond English are required, but we are especially seeking speakers of these languages – Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Filipino/Tagalog, Punjabi, and Hmong
  • You do not have to be a US Citizen
  • Access to a car is strongly preferred

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.