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November 2, 2013 (San Diego) – If you speak Chinese or Vietnamese, the Registrar of Voters needs your help at local poll sites on Nov. 19 for the San Diego City mayor’s race on November 19.

Registrar Michael Vu says there is an urgent need for more bilingual volunteers to help citizens who are not yet proficient in English to vote at the polls.

Chinese and Vietnamese new poll worker orientation training classes are offered. Bilingual poll worker volunteers can earn a stipend of  $90 to $110. All poll worker volunteers must be U.S. citizens, registered to vote in California, and able to read and write the English language.

For questions about being a poll worker, where the polls will be located in the City of San Diego, or whether you’re registered to vote, call (858) 565-5800 or visit

The Special Municipal Election will fill the vacancy left after elected Mayor Bob Filner resigned. Mail ballot voting and early voting is already taking place, and 572 polling places will be set up early Tuesday, Nov. 19 in neighborhoods. Voting will take place on Election Day from 7 a.m. through 8 p.m. for the city of San Diego’s  675,000 registered voters.

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I am confused

I thought you needed to be able to read and understand English before you could be a citizen, except of course for naturally born citizens educated by the public school system? If so, why do we need Poll workers who speak foreign languages?