Bilingual speakers needed to staff polling places

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SAN DIEGO – People who speak Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Spanish or Vietnamese are still needed to staff polling places during the Nov. 8 election, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office announced Tuesday.

Federal law requires bilingual speakers and election materials at polling places in those languages. A study also showed a need for poll workers who speak Khmer, Japanese, Korean and Hindi at around 20 precincts in the region, according to the county.

Poll workers will receive a stipend ranging from $100 to $175 depending on the assignment, and those who are bilingual receive an additional $15 if they are assigned specifically to provide language assistance to voters.

Poll workers must be registered voters in the state of California or must be permanent residents in the United States, and have transportation to their assigned polling location. They will also need access to the internet to complete an online training and attend a 3-hour, 15-minute class.

Standby poll workers are also needed.

Those interested in being poll workers can apply online. More information is available by calling 858-565-5800 or sending an email to

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