Frequently Asked Questions

Poll Worker FAQ

QUESTIONS


Who are Election Day Poll Workers?
What are the qualifications to become a Poll Worker?
What type of training is required to be a Poll Worker?
What are the different Poll Worker positions?
Do I get paid for being a Poll Worker?
What are the hours required to work on Election Day?
If selected, where will I work?
Can family members work in the same polling place?
If I do not work in my home precinct, how will I vote?
How do I apply?


ANSWERS



Who are Election Day Poll Workers?


More than 1200 citizens in Leon County serve as Poll Workers responsible for implementing the election procedures at the polling place and to ensure the Election is administered fairly and in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida.  On Election Day, we count on these civic-minded individuals to efficiently process voters, provide instructions on the proper use of the voting equipment and effectively solve potential problems that voters may encounter.

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What are the qualifications to become a Poll Worker?


To be a poll worker you must:

  • Be a registered voter in Leon County
  • Be able to speak, read and write English
  • Be able to work at the polling location from 6:00 a.m. until after the polls close at 7:00 p.m. (most poll work is completed by 8:30 p.m.)
  • Be able to deal with the public in a courteous, patient and efficient manner
  • Not be a candidate, or the immediate family member of a candidate, on the ballot of the Election that you are working
  • Physical requirements include: standing, bending, stooping, lifting approximately 25 pounds, normal vision and manual/physical dexterity

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What type of training is required to be a Poll Worker?


Florida Election Laws require that all poll workers attend mandatory training prior to each Election.  Training hours vary according to the poll worker position you are filling.  The range is from 2.5 to 3.5 hours per Election with a Certification Class of 2 hours for those individuals filling the Clerk and Assistant Clerk positions.  The training fee is per hour, is based on the length of the training class, and is paid only if the worker completes the training and works on Election Day.

Poll workers are notified by mail and it is posted on our website as to the training class schedule for the Election they are working.  Registration is by e-mail, mail, fax or phone.

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What are the different Poll Worker positions?


Supervisor Clerk – 

The Clerk is a very important position within the Election team of the Supervisor of Elections Office.  It is the duty of the Clerk to supervise both the precinct staff and elections process at their assigned polling location.  The Supervisor of Elections depends on the Clerks to preserve the standard of excellence that Leon County voters have come to expect.

Assistant Clerk – 

The role of the Assistant Clerk is to provide assistance to the Clerk and be ready to take on the full responsibilities of the Clerk if the Clerk is unable to work on Election Day.  This position is also tapped to fill in at other polling locations if both the Clerk and Assistant Clerk are unable to work on Election Day.  The Assistant Clerk is considered a Clerk In-Training and provides leadership in the polling site.


E-Poll Book Team Leader –

This position is specially trained to handle the electronic poll book technology used at the precincts to assist our voters. Just like the Assistant Clerk, this position is one of leadership in the polling site.

E-Poll Book Inspectors –

These individuals are responsible for finding the voter’s name in the E-Poll Book, helping to answer their questions and update their records if needed.


Ballot Inspectors –

These professionals are responsible for providing the correct ballot to the voter, instructing voters on how to properly mark the ballot and directing voters to the privacy booths.

Privacy Booth Inspector/Greeter –

This position is considered our “floater” position within the precinct.  The responsibilities of this Inspector is to keep the Privacy Booth area free of political materials and trash and making sure the marking pens are working and to help with traffic flow during peak voting hours.  Also, this position is used to fill in for other poll workers when they take a break.

Machine Inspector –

This position is responsible for greeting the voters at the voting machine and instructing voters on how to properly insert their ballot.  The Machine Inspector also assist voters that wish to use the accessibility function of our voting machine.

Deputy –

The Deputy is responsible for activities taking place outside the polling area.  Duties include monitoring the parking area, posting Election signs, removing illegal campaign signs, assisting voters in locating the entrance and opening the door for voters needing assistance and helping with the set-up and clean-up of the polling area.

Alternates –

These positions are additional Poll Workers who are hired and trained for the specific purpose of being ready to work on an as-needed basis.  Those selected for the alternate positions report to a Regional Election Center on Election Day. If their services are needed they will be sent to a local polling location. If their services are not needed they will be released and paid for attending the training classes and paid a flat rate for reporting to their Regional Election Center.

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Yes, this is a paid position with the Supervisor of Elections office.  Compensation is based on the position you work.  The training fee is per hour, is based on the length of the training class, and is paid only if the worker completes the training and works on Election Day.

** Duplicate Check Policy **

Checks are mailed two weeks after Election Day.  If by the third week after Election Day you have not received your check, please contact our office at 606-8607.  In order for a new check to be issued, you will need to complete an affidavit which we will mail to you along with a postage paid envelope.  As soon as we receive your completed affidavit in our office, we can process a new check for you.

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What are the hours required to work on Election Day?


Election Day is at least a 14 hour work day beginning at 6:00 a.m. Upon arrival at 6:00 a.m. poll workers begin setting up the polling area and at 7:00 a.m. the polls are officially open.  Voting hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with any voter in line at 7:00 p.m. having the opportunity to vote.  After the last voter has cast their ballot, poll workers begin dismantling the polling area and usually are ready to leave between 8:00 and 8:30 p.m.

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If selected, where will I work?


There are two options available – you prefer only to work in your home precinct or you are willing to work any precinct in the county.  On the poll worker application you can mark your preference.

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Can family members work in the same polling place?


We prefer that family members not work at the same polling place. However, we understand transportation can be an issue so we ask that only 2 family members work at the same precinct.  It is our policy that a husband and wife can’t work as Clerk and Assistant Clerk at the same precinct.

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If I do not work in my home precinct, how will I vote?


It is our policy to mail a ballot to every poll worker that is scheduled to work outside their home precinct.  However, you do have the option to participate in Early Voting.  If you decide to Early Vote, you will be required to bring in the mail ballot at that time.  You will not receive a mail ballot if you are working at your home precinct as there will be time for you to vote on Election Day.

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How do I apply?


To apply please complete the following application:

Form Link Leon County Supervisor of Elections Pollworker Application.


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Mark Earley,
 Leon County
Supervisor of Elections 
 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7357, Tallahassee, FL 32314-7357
 Physical Address: 2990-1 Apalachee Parkway Tallahassee, FL 32301
PHONE: (850) 606-8683 • FAX: (850) 606-8601 • EMAIL: V...@LeonCountyFL.gov
 HOURS: M-F, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM