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California Common Cause

Election Protection Volunteer: Protect the Vote in California

Help Protect California Voters During the November 2022 General Election.

Posted September 23, 2022

Background & Context

For over a decade, California Common Cause has led the Southern California Election Protection program. Every election cycle, we have volunteers in the field protecting the vote and assisting voters. This year, for the November 2022 general election, we will be expanding our in-person poll monitoring efforts into the lower Central Valley for the first time in the organization’s history.

As a trained, nonpartisan volunteer, you will serve as voters’ first line of defense against confusing voting rules, outdated infrastructure, rampant misinformation, and needless obstacles to the ballot box. You’ll solve voter problems, and escalate serious issues up to the proper authorities.

We know that direct volunteer intervention is the most effective way to make sure voters can’t be disenfranchised by confusion over election rules, long lines, under-resourced polling places, and acts of intimidation or deception. So we hope you’ll join us to protect the vote in Southern California and the lower Central Valley as a volunteer poll monitor.

Immediate Problem

We are in particular need of in-person poll monitor volunteers in the counties of Kern, Tulare, Kings, San Bernardino, and Riverside.

Work & Deliverables

For the November election, we will be poll monitoring in the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, San Diego, Kern, Kings, and Tulare. And we need your help.

Here’s what being a volunteer poll monitor looks like:

--You’ll be deployed to voting locations on Election Day, November 8th, and/or during the early voting period on November 4th, 5th, and 7th.
Volunteers can choose voting locations in the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Kern, Kings, or Tulare.

--For each 3-hour shift you sign up for, you will be assigned three voting locations to monitor. You will spend 45 minutes at each voting location and will complete your poll monitor checklist that is pre-prepared by Common Cause staff.

--We provide all the training that you will need! We are hosting 1.5 hour poll monitor trainings on October 18th, 20th, and 22nd. You only need to attend ONE training.

Project Plan

Preparation Phase

  • Create a profile in our self-assigning tool to pick your own voting locations and shift times
  • Register for a training

Collaboration Phase

Details to be provided at a later date

Wrap Up

Details to be provided at a later date

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This project has been completed thanks to the efforts of our volunteers.

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 1-5 hours
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Additional Training Details: California Common Cause staff provides you with all training and materials you will need for the field. All materials/documents you will need are pre-prepared for you.
  • Site-Preference: On-Site
  • Open to Law Students: Yes
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Preferred Languages: American Sign Language, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Telugu, Vietnamese
  • Required Legal Expertise: Civil Rights, Good Government, Voting Rights
  • Signup Deadline: October 17, 2022
  • Deliverables Due: October 17, 2022
  • Mentoring Provided: Yes
  • Supervision Provided: Yes


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California Common Cause

California Common Cause (CCC) leads and defines the democracy movement in California, promoting solutions already succeeding in some communities to shift power to the people. CCC uses a powerful combination of grassroots organizing, coalition-building, policy development, research, public education, legislative advocacy, and litigation to build governments at the state and local levels that are accountable to and reflective of California’s communities. CCC and its over 100,000 members have been at the frontlines of several major reforms, including the creation of independent, citizen-run redistricting in California and in several major California cities, money in politics reform in Los Angeles, Berkeley, and elsewhere that lifts up the voices of regular people, and voting reforms that have dramatically increased access to the ballot. We are dedicated to building a democracy that is worthy of public trust, an electorate that is engaged and educated, and a media landscape that can hold power accountable. We also acknowledge that all of that will not be enough unless we end California’s enduring voter participation disparities on the basis of race and age and finally build a democracy that is welcoming of communities that have historically been ignored or excluded. We lead with values of inclusion and equity.

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