Elections Division, Santa ClaraCounty
The mission of the Registrar of Voters’ (ROV) Office is to provide quality services with highest level of integrity, efficiency, and accuracy in voter registration and election processes.To accomplish this takes months of preparation before the actual day of the election. Hundreds of polling places need to be found, and thousands of poll workers have to be recruited and trained. Ballots need to be created in five federally-mandated languages. Every piece of voting equipment needs to be tested, and supplies need to be prepared and delivered to every precinct. Tens of thousands of voter registration applications need to be processed and, ballots need to be mailed to over 500,000 Vote by Mail voters.
Through all this, we must never lose sight of our vision: to earn and maintain the public trust. This means being open and transparent, making sure the public understands our operations, and encouraging community input and involvement in the elections process.When the final election results are released, voters can have full confidence in their accuracy and integrity. Our motto is: “Put the voters first, you will never come in second.”
The Registrar of Voters (ROV) is the County Elections Official and the office conducts all Federal, State, County, Municipal, School District, and Special District scheduled and special elections. The ROV Office is also responsible for voter registration, education and outreach; maintenance of registration files; verification of initiatives, referenda and recall petitions; and filing of campaign reports.
The ROV Office offers a variety services, some at no cost.
- Proof of registration
- Speakers for functions
- Office tours
- Voter registration training
- Reports: Voter indices, precinct districts, statements of vote
Needs/Projects this semester:
Special event projects: September 27th National Voter Registration Day/ For National Voter Registration Day --Gavilan students can identify sites throughout South County. and then table at the various NVRD events alongside our permanent staff.
*10/1 Gilroy Community Health Day - San Ysidro Park
*10/2 CARAS Tamal Festival - Gilroy Downtown
*10/5 High on Health Fair -Gavilan College
Students could table at other times around South County. Students would identify appropriate sites and once they are trained (not without training!) they may table for the Division.
Between October 24 and November 7th --various events to raise voter awareness may be scheduled in South County with student support.
On Election Day Students in can help out in the San Jose office
Who should apply: This Division can work with nearly everyone, except sex offenders. Felons with other crimes are not barred from participating. Students who are bilingual especially helpful for access to populations that might need to register or getting voting support. Orientation is mandatory for work at this agency:
Who should not apply: Those on on sex offender list cannot do this work because polling places are at at schools and libraries, Agency must do a Megans Law check .
Other information: People working at this government agency are very busy providing services. Please don't waste their time by setting up meetings you don't attend, come late to, or be absent without very good reason that you communicate in advance. Please be in communication with your supervisor about any questions or concerns you have. See http://sbcvote.us for agency website.
Contact information: Natalie Goolsby, firstname.lastname@example.org,