What is Student Democracy Program?

The San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division's Student Democracy Program is aimed at giving high school students an inside look at American democracy in action. Student Democracy Ambassadors are essential members of the Election Day team, assisting voters and participating in Vote Center operations.

Who can participate?

In order to be a Student Democracy Ambassador, students must:

  • Read, write and speak fluent English (Elections Code §12303)
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States
  • Get written permission from parent/guardian and school

When does Student Democracy Program take place?

  • Recruitment begins in November
  • Applications are due by 5 p.m. January 26, 2024
  • Training (two hours) will be in February
  • Election Day is Tuesday, March 5, 2024

What are the benefits of participating Student Democracy Program?

  • It looks great on a college application or resume
  • Earn community service credits, depending on school policy
  • Represent your school
  • See democracy in action from a local perspective
  • Earn $280!

What do Student Democracy Ambassadors do?

Assist Vote Center Representatives with:

  • Set up and close the Vote Center (6:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.) on Election Day!
  • Help voters with check-in process
  • Ballot drop-off process
  • Line management (Manage voter lines)
  • Disinfect voting materials and equipment

Where will I be assigned to work?

The County of San Mateo will strive to assign students to locations close to their home address.

How do I get more information?

  • Your Student Democracy Program School Coordinator
  • Chephren Goree, Student Democracy Program Coordinator
  • Phone: 650.655.6287
  • Email:
Student Democracy Program Flyer in PDF