San Mateo County

Election Vote Center Representative (Extra-Help, Seasonal) (20017670)

County Administration
San Francisco/Peninsula
9/7/2020 at 11:59pm
$21.02-$21.02 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


PEOPLE FIRST – Conduct fair, accurate and transparent elections to increase public participation and confidence

The San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division is seeking seasonal Election Vote Center Representatives (Office Assistant I) to assist in the upcoming November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election. Vote Centers have replaced polling places as in-person voting sites and offer additional services over a longer period of time. This position requires the ability to operate a computer and computer applications/software quickly and accurately.  

We are currently seeking dedicated and hard-working individuals for the temporary, full-time position of Vote Center Representative to be hired for the following duties:

  1. Use a computer to verify voter eligibility.
  2. Provide information about the upcoming election.
  3. Guide voters on use of electronic ballot marking devices.
  4. Operate/troubleshoot voting equipment.
  5. Provide in-person customer service including assisting voters to register to vote and assisting voters in casting a ballot.
  6. Issue ballots.
  7. Maintain accurate files and records.
  8. Secure Election materials and supplies.

Several, but not all, Vote Center Representatives require fluency in Spanish, Mandarin and/or Cantonese, Tagalog/Filipino Korean, Burmese, Hindi, or Japanese.
Vote Centers will be open for four to eleven days. Those hired can expect to work approximately 7 – 15 days including training.
Vote Center Representatives will work 5 days per week and 8 hours per day. This assignment will include weekends and potentially 2 or more evenings. On Election Day, Vote Center Representatives will work from 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. or later if necessary.
Vote Center hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily during the period of operation, including weekends and holidays, and 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 3, 2020.  These positions may require evening work assignments.
Personal protective equipment and sanitizing supplies will be provided to staff to be used in the Vote Centers and protective measures will be implemented to ensure the safety of Vote Center Representatives, as well as the public.
NOTE: This is an extra-help, at-will assignment, paid on an hourly basis. Extra help employees are not guaranteed permanent status at the end of the assignment. Hourly wage starts at: $21.02

IMPORTANT: The County of San Mateo has implemented best-practice guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure safety of the general public and staff. Such measures include, but are not limited to, enforcing social distancing and providing staff with personal protective equipment, such as gloves, hand sanitizer, face masks, and sneeze guards.


Ideal candidates will have a minimum of one year of general clerical, office assistant, phone services or computer experience, and a close attention to detail. Vote Center hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily during the period of operation, including weekends and holidays, and 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 3, 2020. These positions may require evening work assignments.

The position requires basic addition and subtraction. Vote Center representatives must be proficient in the operation of a computer and computer software and applications.

Applicants with past experience as Poll Workers or Vote Center Representatives are strongly encouraged to apply.

Eleven-day Vote Centers will open on October 24, 2020, and four-day Vote Centers will open on October 31, 2020. Once opened, Vote Centers will remain operational through November 3, 2020.
Critical skills for all Vote Center positions include the ability to prioritize work, coordinate several activities, organize and maintain accurate files and records, and understand and carry out oral and written directions. 

Special Instructions

Anyone may apply for this position. The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application, followed by a departmental interview (weight: 100%).

This is a continuous recruitment. The Elections Division will screen applications as they are received and will contact qualified candidates for department interviews. The positions could be filled at any time.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE ELECTIONS DIVISION OR THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT. The Elections Division will contact you by phone or email if your qualifications meet the current needs.

Because these are full-time (term) positions, candidates whose applications indicate they are currently employed in a full-time capacity will not be contacted. However, if you are currently employed and would like to be considered, please indicate in your resume how you could meet the required work schedule given your current employment.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online.  If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.
Tentative Interview Dates:  Ongoing since June 1, 2020

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs.  The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

(Analyst: Chet Overstreet – Office Assistant I – E334 – 05 22 2020)

Registration & Elections Division
40 Tower Road San Mateo, CA 94402

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