Poll Worker Information
How do I qualify?
- You must be registered to vote in Escambia County.
- You must have the ability to read, write, speak the English language, and direct voters through the voting process.
- You can’t be a candidate or have an immediate family member as a candidate on the ballot.
- You’ll need transportation to the polling place and to training classes.
- You must be able to lift at least 40 pounds, be physically flexible, and endure prolonged periods of standing and sitting.
- You must be able to deal patiently and courteously with the public and with your co-workers.
- It’s best if you’re a non-smoker; there is NO SMOKING in and around polling places on Election Day.
- You must meet these requirements and fulfill all responsibilities of the particular poll-worker position you wish to fill.
What training do I need?
Florida Law requires that poll workers attend a minimum of 2 hours of training before each election. More training may be required, based on your assigned position. Classes include “hands-on” training with the electronic voting equipment and information on serving voters with disabilities.
What are the general duties of poll workers?
- Work with other poll workers to set up the polling place before opening at 7:00 a.m.
- Deal patiently and courteously with the public and with your co-workers.
- Perform assigned duties throughout the day.
- Work with other poll workers to pack up materials and voting machines after the last voter has voted and election results are transmitted from the precinct (Polls close at 7:00 p.m., but any qualified voter in line at that time is allowed to vote)
What are the different poll worker positions?
- Responsible for the operation of the polling location on Election Day
- Verify delivery of supplies prior to Election Day
- Primary contact between Elections Office and Polling Location
- Maintains all paperwork at the polling location
- Returns voted ballots and other materials at the end of Election Day
- Oversees and assigns duties to other pollworkers as needed
- Clerk pay is $200.00 (election day, training & mileage)
- Assists the Clerk as needed through the day
- Responsible for opening, closing and operation of the EViD
- Assists with opening and closing procedures at the polling location
- EViD supervisor pay is $170.00 (election day & training)
- Determines voter eligibility
- Verifies voter identification and signature
- Provides Ballot Issue Slips to voters
- EViD operator pay is $130.00 (election day & training)
- Maintains and audits ballot supply
- Distributes ballots to voters
- Assists clerk in balancing vote totals with cast ballots
- Ballot Issuer pay is $130.00 (Election Day & training)
- Responsible for setting up/shutting down voting equipment
- Troubleshoots voting equipment issues
- Equipment Operator pay is $130.00 (Election Day & training)
- Maintain order outside the polling place
- Assist other workers in preparing polling place on Election Day
- Posts signs and materials outside and near the entrance of polling location
- Deputy pay is $120.00 (election day & training)
Deputies are appointed by the Sheriff’s office; for more information, contact Lynnea McCray (850) 436-9281
What is a poll worker’s schedule on Election Day?
- Report to assigned precinct no later than 6:00 a.m. (or other designated time). Polls open at 7:00 a.m.
- Polls close at 7:00 pm, however poll workers must stay until polling location duties are complete
For more information, call the Supervisor of Elections at (850) 595-3900.