Steve Hansen says for him, working on Election Day is a civic obligation. Hansen is a precinct inspector at a polling place in downtown Sacramento.
“You sit around sometimes it’s not necessarily the important part of the electoral process, but it’s very important that things happen right.”
Hansen is in his early 30’s and has been a poll worker since he was 17. He says he thinks it’s also important to be an example to younger voters.
“Lot of poll workers are older and there’s no one really coming after them to replace them and so I just see myself as part of that generational shift.”
State law allows Californians to take time off from work without losing pay to serve as a poll worker on Election Day.
There are nearly 23-thousand polling places in California.