In San Francisco, there are 588 polling places spread out across the city. And, most elections, the city needs about 3,000 people to volunteer to work them. This year, the Department of Elections got more applicants than ever -- 14,000! They actually had to turn people away.
KALW spoke to some City Election Officials -- poll workers, inspectors, clerks and coordinators -- at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The empty concert hall has been transformed into part of San Francisco's Election Headquarters. They shared their thoughts about working behind the scenes of this historic election, making sure it runs smoothly, and safely.
Local photographer and election official Anna Rotty photographed the people in this piece, as well as many other poll workers and the election officials. To view more of her work, visit her website, annarotty.com.