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)
For more information about poll worker duties, please watch this video.
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 David Craig (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.