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    Seeking Volunteers to Participate in Election Observation

    The Secretary of State is once again conducting Election Day Observation for the General Election and hopes to observe in all 58 California counties.  Election Observation is a vital part of the election services that the Secretary of State provides to the citizens of California.  With the November 8, 2016 General Election upon us, we are seeking volunteers to serve as Observers in counties located throughout the state. Duties will involve the following:

    • Poll Worker Training at Assigned County
    • Secretary of State Training
    • Attend a one-hour session
    • Visit approximately 20-25 polling places on Election Day
    • Complete Checklists (opening, polling place, closing, ballot center)
    • Post-Election Meeting and Report
    • Attend a one-hour session to provide feedback to senior staff regarding your experiences.

    The work entails interaction with local election officials and poll workers, filling out checklists, possible reporting of problems at the time of occurrence, and writing up brief reports about the several polling places visited in each designated county.

    We are looking for volunteers with good writing and observation skills, attention to detail, and customer service skills can best contribute to the project.

    If you are interested, please email Kathy Chaney at kchaney@sos.ca.gov or Jon Ivy at jivy@sos.ca.gov to tell us of your interest.  Once we get this feedback, we can conduct training sessions to provide more information about the program.

    The observation effort will require each volunteer to be available to attend a poll worker training session in October in the county they are assigned and to work in the county from 6:30 a.m. until possibly as late as 10:30 or 11:00 p.m. on November 8, 2016.  Half or partial days may be available for some counties.  If the assigned county is more than 50 miles away from the volunteer’s normal place of work or residence, travel expenses and overnight accommodations may be paid. Mileage reimbursement for personal vehicles will be allowed.



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