For Your Community
For Your Country
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.
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.Return to Questions and Answers
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.