Election Assistant

  • Sacramento County, CA
  • Sacramento, California
  • Sep 24, 2021
Municipal or County Clerk Political or Public Affairs
  • Salary: $42,010.56 - $51,093.36 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

This is a continuous filing exam. Next filing cut-off is at 5:00 pm on:
10/7/21 and 11/11/21 (Final cut-off)

Under supervision, the Election Assistant performs a variety of routine administrative tasks related to the registration of voters and administration of elections.
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Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and other specialized applications related to area of assignment
  • Efficient file maintenance and organization
  • Warehousing organization, storage, and inventory control
  • Basic mathematics; including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation
Ability to
  • Read, understand, explain and apply basic provisions of various federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations affecting the administration of elections and registration of voters
  • Learn California Elections Code and laws relating to the conduct of elections
  • Research and summarize new election laws, codes, and procedures
  • File documents rapidly and accurately; alphabetically, chronologically, or numerically
  • Review and compare documents for completeness and accuracy
  • Develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with others
  • Communicate courteously, clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
  • Read, write and speak English at a level necessary for satisfactory job performance
  • Disassemble, inspect, repair and reassemble voting equipment
  • Operate office equipment such as computers, printers, scanners and specialized mailing equipment

Employment Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Either: One year of full-time paid or volunteer experience including customer relations, data entry, giving and receiving information on a daily basis, and/or general recordkeeping.

Or: Six months of full-time paid experience with a voter registration and elections office assisting with state or local elections in the State of California.

Note: If the word "experience" is referenced in the minimum qualifications, it means full-time paid experience unless the minimum qualification states that volunteer experience is acceptable. Part-time paid experience may be accumulated and pro-rated to meet the total experience requirements.

Criminal History and Background Checks : The County may access criminal history information on candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment for this class consistent with the provisions of Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 82-602, Personnel Policies, and applicable federal and state laws. The County shall not consider for employment any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the candidate's ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained.
The County may also conduct a background check on the candidate prior to appointment to a position within this class. The background check may include personal and professional reference checks, credit history checks where authorized by Labor Code section 1024.5, Social Security Number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history. Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointing authority in the selection process. In obtaining such information, the County will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.

License Requirement: A valid California Driver License, Class C or higher, may be required at the time of appointment. Failure to obtain or maintain the appropriate California Driver License may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Forklift Certification: Some positions in this class require the incumbent to obtain and maintain a valid forklift certification.

Selective Certification: Some positions in this class may require the ability to speak, read, write and/or translate in a language other than Standard English. Where required, these special skills may be used in performing such tasks as the following:

  • Gives information either by telephone or in person regarding registration and voting requirements or departmental services to persons whose understanding of Standard English is limited.
  • Assists in proofreading translated materials.
Physical Requirements: Positions in this class require the incumbents to be able to lift materials weighing up to 50 pounds from floor level to approximately four (4) feet above floor level with assistance.

Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Working Conditions: Positions in this class require the incumbents to:

  • Work weekends, holidays, and non-routine hours during peak operating times.
  • Work irregular hours and extended shifts during election cycles.
Probationary Period

The probationary period for this classification is twelve (12) months.

Application and Testing Information


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off date. Click here to apply.

County of Sacramento
Department of Personnel Services
Employment Services Division
700 H Street, Room 4667
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone (916) 874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service

Email EmployOffice@Saccounty.net
Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667

  • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
  • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.


Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response.

Note: Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
  • Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.
  • Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.
  • If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.
  • Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.
  • If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.
  • For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
  • If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate's application and/or attachments will not be reviewed , therefore, a candidate's responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.


All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut-off date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination.

This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job.

All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Notices can also be accessed in their governmentjobs.com inbox. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.


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Closing Date/Time: 11/11/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

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