California is on a quest to register precinct workers for the fall election, and a new online portal makes it easy to sign up. (Photo by Erik Hersman/Flickr)

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The California Secretary of State’s Office has launched a portal that allows state residents to sign up to work as a poll worker in their county for the Nov. 3 general election.

Residents are eligible to serve as poll workers if they are registered California voters and legal residents of the U.S. who would be eligible to vote if not for their citizenship status.

Some high school students are also eligible to become poll workers, provided they meet multiple criteria like being at least 16 years old on election day, having a GPA of 2.5 or above and attending a public or private high school.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, poll workers will play a critical role in our democracy,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Friday. “County elections officials depend on reliable, dedicated teams of poll workers to make every election day run smoothly.”

Poll workers are paid for their work, with rates varying by county. Completing a poll worker application also does not guarantee selection as demand also varies by county.

Residents who are eligible to be a poll worker can visit pollworker.sos.ca.gov to apply. Multi-lingual residents are particularly needed as poll workers, according to Padilla.