Interested in Becoming a Poll Worker
What are Poll Workers?
Poll Workers are people that work at the polling places on election day. There are six (6) different types of positions at each polling place: Certified Clerk, Certified Assistant Clerk, Certified Accu-Vote Inspector, PR/PL Ballot Inspector, EViD Inspector and Election Deputy.
How Can I Become a Poll Worker?
You may call the Supervisor of Elections Office (741-3823) and request a poll worker application, or you may complete an Application. Once the application has been completed and sent to us, you will be called to arrange for a convenient interview time with one of our poll worker coordinators.
The Certified Clerk is in charge of the Precinct and is ultimately responsible for the performance of the precinct on election day. Clerks are required to have poll worker experience and complete a 5-part certification course.
The Certified Assistant Clerk is the "secretary" of the precinct and does much of the paper work during the day, along with assisting the Clerk in every way possible. Assistant Clerks are required to have poll worker experience and complete a 5-part certification course.
The Certified Accu-Vote Inspector assists the Clerk in setting up the Accu-Vote tabulator on election morning, offers instruction to the voter on the proper procedure for processing his ballot through the tabulator, and assists the Clerk with transmitting the ballot tabulation to the Supervisor of Elections office at the end of the day. This position requires an initial 3-part training course prior to election appointments and state mandated election training.
The PR/PL Ballot Inspector sits at ballot stations where the voter receives his ballot on election day. You verify the ballot information on the EViD receipt and give him the correct ballot to vote. At the end of the day you must "balance your receipts" which means you count up all against the number of voters who cast a ballot at your polling location. **In the event of extended power failure - traditional precinct registers poll lists (PR/PL) will be used. In this instance, you verify that the voter is listed in the book and that all information is correct before you let him sign and give him the correct ballot to vote.
The Certified EViD Inspector will be trained on EViD unit (Electronic Voter Identification system) which processes the voters as they enter the polling room. Voters will present photo & signature ID to verify eligibility. EViD Inspector will swipe ID into the EViD machine or manually look up voter information, verifying voter's eligibility and correct location. This requires the EViD Inspector to be computer friendly. EViD Inspectors will be responsible for the set up, use and end of night procedures.
The Deputy is responsible for setting up the flag and signs outside the polling location in the morning and taking them down that night and set-up/take-down of the voting booths. During the day, the deputy remains outside the door of the polling location to greet the voters; ask them to have their I.D. ready for the EViD inspector; make sure the voting room doesn't get crowded during heavy voting periods; observe any people campaigning or getting signatures on petitions to make sure they do not violate the 100 ft. limitation; and, if needed, assist voters with special needs. If there is a line at 7 PM, the deputy stands behind the last person in line, not allowing anyone else to get in line… voting ends at 7 PM, but voters already in line at that time are still permitted to vote. The deputy also is to accompany the clerk to the election center that night with the ballots.
All new poll workers are required to attend an unpaid orientation. Orientation is approximately 3 hours long and is designed to familiarize a prospective poll worker with elections in Manatee County. Some of the topics discussed are duties on election day, hours to be worked, election training sessions, physical requirements and rates of pay. This meeting is beneficial to new poll workers because it may help them decide if the job is right for them.
Election Training Sessions
Florida Statutes require that all poll workers attend a mandatory training session for each election cycle. Each person attending the training session will be paid, depending on the length of the class.
Physical requirements include standing, bending, stooping, lifting approximately
30 lbs., normal vision and manual/physical dexterity.
Work Hours & Rate of Pay
The average election day begins at 6 AM and ends at approximately 8:30 PM. Currently, the rate of pay are as follows
(election day + training):
Certified Clerks - $250
Certified Assistant Clerks - $185
Certified Accu-Vote Inspectors - $145
Certified EViD Inspector - $145
PR/PL Ballot Inspectors - $135
Election Deputies - $ 135
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