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F. A. Q. - Election Workers

    Assistant Clerk- Assists the Clerk with the efficient operation of the precinct and is trained to operate the ADA voting unit.  Other duties include set-up/breakdown of equipment and assisting voters as necessary.  Must be comfortable using a computer based poll register and must enjoy interacting with the public.
    Tabulator Inspector– Trained to operate the Optical Scan DS200 Voting Machine and instruct voters on proper ballot insertion.  Assists with set-up/breakdown of equipment and is responsible for modeming election results. 
    EViD Inspector– Greets voters, checks the photo & signature ID of each voter, verifies the voter information on the Electronic Voter Identification Unit (EViD), and issues the voter a ballot.  Also assists with set-up/breakdown of equipment. Must be comfortable using a computer based poll register.
    Deputy– Maintains order at the precinct. Background checks are performed by the Sheriff’s Office on all potential deputies at time of assignment. Duties include placing the required signs outside, marking the no solicitation zone, and assisting with set-up/breakdown of the equipment.  Poll Deputy duties are mainly outside the entrance to the polling place.
    Alternate / Stand-by– An alternate worker is available to replace an Election Worker who may become ill or face an emergency that prevents them from working on Election Day.  It is necessary to have trained workers available for each position in addition to the precinct staff.  Most alternate workers are assigned prior to Election Day.
    * Note:  All positions require sitting and/or standing for long periods of time. All Election Workers must be able to lift 30 pounds with assistance.

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    Q.  Do I get paid for being an Election Worker?

    A.  Yes, you are paid to work!  Election Workers are paid a combined payment for attending all required training and working on Election Day.  The pay rate varies from $125 to $200, depending on the assigned position.  Alternate/Stand-by positions are paid $25 if they are not called upon to fill a vacancy by Election Day.

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    Q.  What are the hours of work?

    A.   Election Day hours are from 6:00 AM to approximately 8:00 PM.  The polls are open from 7AM to 7PM. All Election Workers must be at their assigned polling place at 6:00 AM on Election Day. The day ends when the last voter has been processed and completed voting, and all materials have been packed away. By law Election Workers are not permitted to leave their assigned precinct on Election Day except in an emergency.   A typical day is approximately 14 hours.

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    Q.  What happens after I have attended an orientation session?

    A.  After you have successfully completed the orientation session your name will be placed on our active list of Election Workers.  Prior to the next election we will contact you and if you are available to work on Election Day and attend a mandatory training class, we may assign you to work at a precinct.  If you have additional questions, please call (904) 269-6350.

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    Q.  What training is provided?

    A.  Election Workers attend four to six hours of mandatory training prior to each election.  Training classes take place at the Supervisor of Elections office in Green Cove Springs. 

      Please Note:  Internet access is required for some training.

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    Q.  How will I know if I am assigned to work and when to attend training?

    A.  If you are assigned to a position, we will notify you of your work assignment via email or mail and provide a list of available training classes.  

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    Q.  If I have applied previously as an Election Worker, should I apply again?

    A.  As long as you are an active Election Worker, you do not need to apply again. If you have worked the polls on Election Day in the past, your record will remain active and may be recalled for another assignment. If you want to make sure, you may call our office at (904) 269-6350.

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    Q.  Will Election Workers be assigned to the precinct where they live?

    A.  We try to keep you in the general area of your home but cannot guarantee that you will be placed in your precinct.

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    Q.  If I am an Election Worker, how do I vote?

    A.  You may either vote by mail ballot or vote at one of the Early Voting sites. You may request a mail ballot by calling our office or visiting our website.

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