Elections Technician Trainee (#RO4710)
$18.84-$22.90 Hourly / $3,265.39-$3,969.11 Monthly / $39,184.79-$47,629.36 Yearly


Under close supervision, performs a variety of general clerical office functions related to the election process; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the entry-level class in the Elections Technician series. Incumbents of this class learn to perform a full range of duties in the Registrar of Voters Office, including performing clerical tasks of average difficulty, assisting the public with candidate filings, and assisting with the processing of a variety of elections documents to support the election process. This class is multi-allocated with the class of Elections Technician, and incumbents can usually promote to the higher level when they meet the minimum qualifications and Civil Service requirements, and when they have demonstrated satisfactory performance.


  • Learns to process voter registration documents, absentee voter applications and ballots and other election-related documents; to verify signatures on candidate nomination petitions; to maintain and update voter registration files; and to ensure compliance to all regulatory requirements. 
  • Learns to interpret and apply provisions of registration and election laws, regulations and related codes relevant to the assignment; assists with the coding, filing and retrieving of documents and records using standard alphabetical, numerical, coded and computerized filing systems; learns to examine documents, records and forms for accuracy and compliance to election laws and regulations.
  • Assists the public; responds to routine questions from candidates, representatives of candidates, office holders, voters, and the general public regarding the elections process.
  • Performs data entry required for voter information, affidavit tracking, absentee voting, and other election related information; assists with the processing of a variety of mail, including absentee ballot applications, new registrant information, and other election related mail; issues receipts for ballots and supplies.
  • Prepares a variety of routine reports, forms, and other written communication.
  • Operates a variety of modern office machines, voting machines and computers.
  • Computes and collects fees; issues receipts; sells maps and voter indices; accepts filing fees.
  • May assist with the recruitment and training of temporary election workers; learns to recruit polling places and to evaluate sites for accessibility in compliance with state and federal guidelines.


Experience: One year of general clerical or office technical work, which included substantial public contact.

Substitutions: a) One year of business training in an approved vocational training program may substitute for the above-required experience; OR b) Completion of 30 semester/45 quarter units at an accredited college or university may substitute for the above-required experience. 

License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license. 

Special Requirement: Most positions require the ability to use computers and/or word processing equipment. If required by the nature of the position, demonstrated general or software-specific computer proficiency may be required prior to appointment.


General office practices and procedures; basic provisions of various federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations and ordinances related to the election process; basic computer and modern office automation technology and computer software programs relevant to department operations; basic filing and recordkeeping systems; standard correspondence and report format; language mechanics; public relation techniques; basic arithmetical operations related to clerical processes.


Learn Registration-Elections terminology and laws; read, understand and apply written regulations and other job related materials; write clearly and legibly; perform basic arithmetical operations; match names and numbers; utilize standard office procedures; operate computers and related software; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; operate a variety of specialized office machines such as ballot card reader and microfiche reader.


Mobility-Frequent operation of a data entry device, repetitive motion, sitting for long periods, walking; occasional standing, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, climbing, driving; Lifting-Frequently 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5 to 30 pounds; Visual-Constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent color perception and use of eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone, talking in person; Emotional/Psychological-Occasional decision making, concentration, and public contact; Special Requirements-Some assignments may require working weekends, nights, and/or occasional overtime; Environmental-Occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RO4710; EST: 1/10/2007;