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Surge In San Joaquin County Voter Registration Prompts Call For Thousands Of Poll Workers

  

A big surge in voter registration is prompting a call for thousands of poll workers in San Joaquin County. The elections chief there expects one of the biggest turnouts in recent memory for the November election.

San Joaquin County will have to staff 325 polling places on election day and will likely hire 2,000 poll workers.

Clerks can make $130 for the one-day service, and even legal residents who can’t vote but speak a foreign language can apply.

San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters Austin Erdman says he plans to hire many high school students as well.

“Students from 16 years on up, we also employ a lot of students because we know if we get them involved in voting that once they get involved they will become voters and once you become a voter, you’re always a voter,” says Erdman. 

Erdman is also offering $100 for people to use their garages as polling places.

He says he’s seen a major surge in voter registration and he’s predicting a turnout of over 80 percent because of the presidential race and the ballot measures this election.