How many cookies would you have to bake...how many cars would you have to wash...to bring nearly $1,800 into your treasury?
Let the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections’ Partners at the Polls program help you fund your community project. Partners at the Polls is a unique opportunity to build lasting partnerships for successful elections.
Groups in many communities are raising funds for projects and scholarships by becoming Partners at the Polls with their Supervisor of Elections. Your group can work as poll workers on Election Day, and your organization may receive payment in one check to benefit your special projects!
How does it work?
Any nonpartisan group – community organizations, band boosters, drama clubs, houses of worship, fraternal organizations, sororities and fraternities, youth sports boosters and parents, charities and nonpartisan organizations – can participate by committing a number of their members to work the polls on Election Day.
By partnering with the Supervisor of Elections, your group will be supporting democracy while raising funds ranging from $140 to $265 per person (plus $10 per class), depending on the position each person is selected to fill. The more group members who participate, the bigger the check your organization will receive!
Who can be a poll worker?
Registered voters in Pinellas County and individuals who have pre-registered to vote can be poll workers. Poll workers must read and write English. They must attend at least one poll worker training session. (Additional classes are required for some positions.)
What do poll workers do?
- Clerk - Oversees all operations at the polling place, with added responsibilities prior to Election Day, such as contacting all the workers, picking up supplies and setting up the voting equipment for the polling place. The Clerk communicates with the Election Call Center to verify voter eligibility; updates voter addresses; administers provisional ballots; assists in closing down the polling place; and is responsible for transmitting ballot totals after the polls close.
- Assistant Clerk - Assists the clerk in setting up the voting equipment; serves as a backup for all poll worker positions; communicates with the Elections Call Center to verify voter eligibility; makes sure that required forms are properly completed; assists in closing down the polling place; performs other duties specified by the Clerk.
- Machine Manager - Assists in setting up voting equipment before or on Election Day; handles the technical support requirements of the voting equipment; assists voters; ; and assists in closing down the polling place; is responsible for transporting the ballots to a designated site after the polls close.
- Ballot Distribution Manager - Responsible for performing opening and closing ballot audits; distributing ballots to voters; and reconciling the number of ballots cast with the number of ballots issued; and assists in closing down the polling place.
- Inspector - Verifies voter eligibility and assists in closing down the polling place; and assists in closing down the polling place.
- Precinct Deputy - Maintains order at the polling place; ensures the polling place is ADA compliant; designates the “no political activity” area outside the polling place; distributes voting supplies on Election Day; and assists in closing down the polling place.
Higher pay is commensurate with more responsibilities.
How much can my organization make?
Similar programs in other Florida counties have allowed community organizations to fund scholarships, mission trips, band trips, community projects and building improvements while earning more in one day than they would have with other activities. For example, 10 group members working as poll workers on Election Day could earn an average of $1,775 for their organization. Add up the savings in time: Band boosters might have to sell about 3,500 candy bars at $1 each or 440 cakes at $4 each during a bake sale to earn the same amount. Subtract the hassles of managing inventory and accounting for each item sold, and you’ll get a winning equation by taking part in Partners at the Polls!
Who can participate?
Nonpartisan organizations can apply to become Partners at the Polls. Members must abide by all Florida state laws and election office procedures for poll workers, including proper attire without political messages and not advocating for or against any candidate or ballot issue. Poll workers can count on a long day, which starts at 5:30 a.m. (or earlier at some locations) and will not end until about an hour after the polls close at 7 p.m. Poll workers may not leave the polling place during Election Day hours and must bring all food and any medications with them. A training session of at least three hours is mandatory for all poll workers (compensation for attending poll worker classes is included in the Election Day check). After-hours and weekend classes are available. Poll workers must make a firm commitment to being available to work on Election Day!
How do we get started?
Call the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections’ Poll Worker Department at (727) 464-6110, or send an email to email@example.com.