ACTIVE REGISTERED VOTERS as of 09/21/2014
Republicans:
220,038
Democrats:
224,579
Others:
176,651
Total:
621,268
(727) 464-6110

 pollworker@votepinellas.com

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BECOME A POLL WORKER

Poll Worker Application

The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office needs thousands of poll workers to conduct fair and accurate elections every year. Poll workers serve as the foundation of our representative democracy. Poll workers are civic-minded individuals who believe that to preserve our election process one must take the time to participate. If you are interested in making a difference in your community and country, please consider being a poll worker.

Questions and Answers to help you make an informative decision on becoming a poll worker!

 

What are the requirements to be a poll worker?

  • You must be a registered or pre-registered voter in Pinellas County.
  • All poll workers must be able to read and write English.
  • Attend the required poll worker training class or classes (based on poll worker position).
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What are the poll worker positions?

  • Clerk - Oversees all operations at the polling place; has added responsibilities prior to Election Day, such as contacting all the workers in that precinct and picking up the supplies; sets up voting equipment; assists voters required to vote a provisional ballot; and has additional responsibilities after polls close.
  • Assistant Clerk - Assists the precinct clerk with voter eligibility phone calls, paper work, and other duties as specified by the clerk.
  • Machine Manager - Assists in setting up voting equipment prior to election day; handles the technical support requirements of the voting equipment; assists voters; and has additional responsibilities after polls close.
  • Ballot Distribution Manager - Responsible for auditing ballots; distributing ballots to voters; reconciling number of ballots cast with the number of ballots issued.
  • Inspector - Determines voter eligibility and assists in the closing of the precinct.
  • Precinct Deputy - Maintains order at the polling place; helps in the setup and closing of the precinct, designates the no political activity area, and ensures the polling place is ADA compliant.
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Do I get paid for being a poll worker?

Yes, after being selected to work in an election, poll workers are paid $10 per class for their training.  Election Day pay varies from $115 to $190, depending on the position assigned.  

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What happens if I send in a poll worker application?

Your information will be added to our poll worker family. Later on, as an election draws nearer, if selected to work, you will be notified by letter to attend a poll worker training class. This letter will also include your position and precinct assignments. Your name, address and phone number will be sent to the precinct clerk in the precinct you are assigned to work. Your precinct clerk will contact you to confirm you are working and remind you of the election date.

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Will I learn the duties and responsibilities of a poll worker?

Yes, Florida state law requires each poll worker to attend training sessions prior to each election. Our poll worker training sessions are position specific and include hands-on experience. To ensure our training sessions are compatible with poll worker work/home schedules, we provide training classes in the morning, afternoon, evening and Saturdays. In addition, we have multiple training locations to meet our poll worker travel needs. They are as follows:

  • North County - Bethel Lutheran Church, 3166 N. McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater, Fl 33761
  • Mid County - Supervisor of Elections Office, Election Service Center, Starkey Lakes Corporate Center, 13001 Starkey Rd., Largo, Fl 33773
  • South County - Pinellas Community Church, 5501 31st St. S., St. Petersburg, Fl 33712

Note: For countywide elections our office uses all three locations. For municipal or special elections, the location of our training sites will be determined by the need.

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Can I sign up to be a poll worker with a friend or with an organization interested in working as a service project?

Absolutely! Many husbands and wives, friends, and employers and employees have made it a priority to serve their community as poll workers. Some organizations have even donated their poll worker pay to charity. Please send your online application in with the form of the person or persons you wish to work with (or indicate the person’s name on your online application) and we will make every attempt possible to place you in a precinct or polling location where you can work together.

 

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Can I be a poll worker if I am under the Florida Retirement System (FRS)?

If you retired from an FRS employer less than one year ago, working as a poll worker may jeopardize your FRS pension. Contact the FRS Bureau of Enrollment and Contributions at (850) 488-8837 to verify how working as a poll worker will affect your FRS benefits.

 

What are the work hours like on Election Day?

All poll workers must be at their assigned polling place by 5:30 a.m., at the LATEST, election morning. This is a Florida state law. The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The day ends for poll workers when all votes have been accounted for and all materials have been packed away, usually around 8:00 p.m.

Poll workers are not permitted to leave their assigned polling place on Election Day. Poll workers must arrive at their assigned polling place with all the materials they will need for the entire day, such as, food, drink, medicine. Please know that Election Day is a very long day. It will require patience and constant attention to your duties. However, poll workers are provided with scheduled breaks and a lunch period (determined by the precinct clerk.)

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How do I vote if I do not work in my home precinct?

Poll workers working outside of their home precinct will need to vote early or by mail prior to Election Day.  To find out more about our Early Voting sites or to request a ballot by mail, please visit our web site (votepinellas.com) or call (727) 464-6788.  Mailed ballots must be returned to one of our three election offices by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

 

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How are votes tallied once the precinct closes on election day?

Ballots are scanned by an optical ballot scanner and the votes are stored on a removable memory drive.  The actual voted ballots, after being scanned, are placed in a locked box.  After the polls have been closed, the poll workers electronically submit the precinct’s unofficial results to the Election Service Center. All voted ballots, the official results tapes produced by the ballot scanner, and the scanner memory drives are then returned to the Election Service Center in a sealed ballot carrier.  That night, the election staff verifies the unofficial results using the scanner memory drives.

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Are there any other important things I need to know about serving as a poll worker?

  • Yes, poll workers are not guaranteed to work every election and may not necessarily work in their home precincts or with friends and family. Poll workers serve at the will of the Supervisor of Elections. Poll workers must be able to work as a team and must be courteous and helpful to voters.
  • Poll worker assignments are based on experience, political party balance, and your availability to work in prior elections. It is also important to know that the more conditions you place on your ability to work, such as, must work in home precinct, must work with spouse, must work a certain position, will reduce your placement options.
  • Poll workers are NOT allowed to smoke inside the polling place or within the view of the voters. Smoking breaks must be approved and scheduled with the precinct clerk.
  • Poll workers must have their own transportation to class and to the polls at 5:30 a.m. on Election Day. There are duties that precinct clerks and machine managers are required to complete after the polls have been closed. This means precinct clerks and machine managers CANNOT rely on other poll workers to transport them to their polling place on Election Day.
  • Like any other job, the Poll Worker Department will need current contact information in order to place you in a position. We require poll workers to notify us of any changes to their name, address and phone numbers.
  • Poll worker checks are mailed 3 to 4 weeks after each election. Again, your poll worker pay includes working Election Day, attending all required classes and any before or after the election duties.
  • Poll workers are an extension of the Supervisor of Elections Office. Our Office is a NONPARTISAN Office. It is strictly prohibited to provide information, advice or comments about the candidates and issues while serving as a poll worker. This also means that poll workers are not allowed to wear campaign buttons, T-shirts or any other item that may be considered political. The voters depend on poll workers to conduct the election fairly and without bias.
  • Poll workers are not allowed to eat, drink, read the newspaper, etc., while performing their duties as poll workers. These things may be done on scheduled breaks and outside the view of the voters. Remember, we are customer service representatives. Election Day is about the voter, and we must conduct ourselves in a professional manner.

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