Registered Voters as of 04/24/2014 REP:235,476 DEM:366,241 Other:234,852 Total:836,569

Guidelines for Pollworkers

·    You must be a registered voter in Palm Beach County and be able to read, write, and speak the English language as required by Florida Law. (FS. 102.012(2))

·    You must be able to work a minimum, 14 - hour day.  (Pursuant to Florida Law, you cannot leave the polling place.)

·    You must attend a mandatory orientation session prior to working at the polls.  Attendance\Completion does not guarantee that you will work, only that you will be placed on the "prospective" list.

·    There is NO SMOKING at the polling place.

·    Poll Worker assignments are based on experience, party balance, work history from prior elections and your availability to work in future elections.  The number of workers needed is based on the expected turnout for each election; "regulars" may become "standbys" for a particular election.  A poll worker who refuses to be a "standby" may not be assigned to future elections.

·    Florida Law requires all Poll Workers to attend mandatory training workshops prior to working.  Workshops run from 3 to 6 hours, depending on job assignment.

·    A Precinct Clerk who will be out of town and unavailable to work in an upcoming elections should assist in finding their replacement.

 

·    If you come to a poll worker class as a "standby" and remain available to work, you will be paid for attending the Workshop.  If, after attending the workshop you become unavailable for work, you may or may not be paid.  The Elections Office will decide based on individual circumstances.

 

·    Poll workers without their own transportation often cannot be assigned because they must attend the workshop and arrive at the polls by 6:00 a.m. on Election Day.  Precinct Clerks and/or other Poll Workers should not be expected to transport Poll Workers to the workshops or to the polling location.

 

·    It is very important to send back the Poll Worker Notices we send you as soon as you receive them so that we will know if you will be available to work.  Calling our office is NOT a substitute for not returning the card.

 

·    After you are assigned to an Election, all communications, including questions, should be directed to your Precinct Clerk.  The Precinct Clerk will be in contact with our Office.

 

·    If you are working outside your home precinct, or are a standby, you should request an Absentee Ballot by phone, via our website (Absentee Ballot Request) or at Poll Worker Workshops.  It must be returned to the Elections Office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day as voted Absentee Ballots are not accepted at polling locations.  If you are a standby who ultimately works in your home precinct and you prefer to vote in person, you should take the Absentee Ballot with you to the polls and the Precinct Clerk will cancel it and allow you to vote on the voting unit.

 

·    If there is a change in your phone number or address, please notify our office in writing as soon as possible.

 

TEAMWORK AMONG POLL WORKERS ON ELECTION DAY IS IMPORTANT TO BOTH THE POLL WORKERS AND VOTERS.  BEING A TEAM MEMBER INVOLVES ASSISTING IN THE SET UP AND CLOSING OF THE POLLS, COOPERATION, FLEXIBILITY AND HAVING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE THROUGHOUT ELECTION DAY! 

REMEMBER: THERE IS NO "I" IN TEAM!