The Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters office is seeking volunteers to serve as poll workers for the June 7 Statewide Direct Primary Election.

Volunteers, who support the community by working at polling places throughout the county, also receive a stipend for working on Election Day and attending poll worker training.

“Poll workers are on the frontline of democracy; without them voting does not happen,” said Joseph E. Holland, county clerk-recorder-assessor and registrar of voters.

Poll workers must meet the following criteria:

• Be a registered voter in the State of California or lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States, as specified, and who is otherwise eligible to register to vote, except for their lack of U.S. citizenship.
• Be able to follow written and verbal instruction.
• Be available to serve Election Day (June 7) from about 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., or until all closing procedures have been completed.
• Must be available to attend a mandatory training class the week of May 23.

Howard Hudson volunteers as a poll worker and as an Adopt-A-Poll organizer for the Santa Barbara Host Lions Club because he wants to be a part of the democratic process.

“I feel that as a citizen I am obligated to do what I can to help with the process and I encourage others to get involved and participate,” he said. “Election Day is busy but rewarding, and I get to meet others supporting our democratic process and right to vote.”

To learn more about the poll worker program and training process, visit