Poll Worker Information
Why not consider joining us as a poll worker?
What does a Poll Worker do?
As a Poll Worker, your duties are assisting the Elections Office in the voting process on Election Day. You will be expected to assist with opening/closing the polling location, checking photo ID’s of voters and issuing ballots to eligible voters. You should be able to lift up to 30 lbs. and move large amounts of tables and chairs as needed.
All positions require extensive sitting and standing for long periods of time (12-14 hrs)
Who can be a Poll Worker?
Any registered voter in Clay County may apply to be considered for a position. All interested person's must attend a one-hour orientation. Orientation may be completed at the Supervisor of Elections Office or online. Please call the elections office at (904) 269-6350 to schedule an orientation session. The online orientation may accessed through the link below. Please be sure to complete the Poll Worker Application and complete the Online Orientation Quiz. Both the application and quiz must be returned to the Elections Office via fax (904) 284-0935, mail to PO Box 337,Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
How long do I work on Election Day?
Election day hours are from 6:00 a.m. until approximately 8:00 p.m. Voting hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. At this time there are no opportunities to work a partial day.
Clerk- Person in charge of the precinct on Election Day. Verifies delivery of supplies to precinct prior to election day. Maintains all paperwork, makes numerous telephone calls to Elections Office during the election. Returns voted ballots to Election Office after election. Must be able to lift 30 pounds with assistance. Must be comfortable using a computer based poll register. Must be able to handle the public effectively.
Assistant Clerk- Will assist the Clerk as needed throughout the day with his or her duties.Trained to operate the ADA "iVotronic" voting unit. Must be able to lift, with assistance, 30 pounds, set-up/breakdown of equipment & modeming election results. Duties may include, assistance to voters, break relief, issuing ballots to voters. Must be able to return with Clerk to the Elections Office after the election for delivery of voted ballots. Must be comfortable using a computer based poll register.Must be able to deal with the public effectively.
Tabulator Inspector– Trained to operate the Optical Scan DS200 Tabulator. Must be able to lift, with assistance, 30 pounds, set-up/breakdown of equipment & modeming election results. Must be able to handle the public effectively.
Evid Inspector– Greets and process voters through the electroinc voter check-in system. Verifies voter information, check photo & signature ID of voters, issue ballots. Comfortable using computer based poll register. Must be able to lift 30 pounds with assistance. Must be able to handle the public effectively.
Deputy– Maintains order outside the precinct by keeping a watchfull eye on solicitors and to make sure they comply with statutory requirments. Sworn in as a Deputy of the Sheriff’s Office and must not have a criminal history. Background checks are performed. Must be able to handle the public effectively. You are the first person the voter usually meets. A smile is a real plus!
Stand-by Positions– A standby worker is available to work at area precincts as openings occur. Trained standbys are needed every election and for all positions. You must be available for assignment until 8 a.m. on Election Day. All standbys that have not been assigned to a specific precinct location for work, must report to the Supervisor of Elections Office by 5:30 am on Election Day to wait for futher instruction. Having your own transportation is required.
As a Poll Worker, am I paid to work?
Yes, you are paid to work! Currently the pay scale ranges from $125 -$200 per election. Stand-by positions are paid $25 if they are not called upon to fill a vacancy by election day. All poll workers are hired as contract employees and are hired under the premise of a 1-day contract.
How am I assigned to work at the Polls?
Workers are assigned to precincts as positions become available. We try to keep you in the general area of your home but cannot guarantee that you will be placed in your precinct. If the Elections Office feels that you are qualified to be hired as a poll worker, you will be notified to attend mandatory training class(es) before each election.
If I am a Poll Worker, how do I vote?
If you are not working in your home precinct on election day, you must either vote by absentee ballot or early vote, prior to the election. You may request an absentee ballot by calling our office or visiting our website. Early Voting is available Monday through Saturday from 8:30 am until 4:30pm the two weeks prior to election day. Click here for a list of Early Voting sites and times.