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Poll Worker - F.A.Q.

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What are the steps in becoming a poll worker?

1st: You MUST be a registered voter in Palm Beach County.
2nd : Complete an Application, received either by calling our office and having one mailed to you, or by completing the on-line application.
3rd: You will be contacted to attend an Orientation Session which will make you eligible to be placed as a prospective Poll Worker for future elections. (Note: Attendance at an orientation session does not guarantee that you will work as a Poll Worker.)

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What are the different poll worker positions?
Clerk: This person is in charge of all operations at the Precinct and has additional responsibilities prior to Election Day, such as picking up the supplies the day before an election and inspecting the polling place.
Inspector: Processes and assists voters in casting ballots.
Precinct Deputy: Maintains peace and good order on the outside of the polling location.

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Is this a volunteer position?
No. Poll workers get paid for their service. Currently the rate of pay per election is:
Clerk: $265.00
Inspectors: $185.00
Precinct Deputy: $170.00
Rate of pay includes Election Day pay, Poll Worker training pay and/or election night return.

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What are the hours of work?
All poll workers MUST be at their assigned Precinct no later than 6:00 a.m. on election morning. The day ends after 7:00 pm when the polls have been officially closed, the voting process has been completed, and all materials have been packed away.

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How will I know when to attend an Orientation Session?
Once we process your application, we will schedule you for a mandatory Orientation Session and notify you by mail. You will not be paid for attending the Orientation Session.

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What happens after I have attended the Orientation Session?
Your name is entered into our active list of prospective poll workers. Prior to each election cycle, you will be sent an AVAILABILITY CARD asking if you will be available to work. Once your completed card is received, your record will be updated.

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Is the Orientation Session the only requirement for training?

No. Florida Law requires all Poll Workers to attend mandatory training workshops prior to working. Workshops run from 3 to 7 hours, depending on job assignment. By law, any poll worker not trained before an election is not eligible to work.

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If I've applied previously as a poll worker, should I apply again?
As long as you are an active poll worker you do not need to apply again. If you have worked the polls in the past, your record will remain active. If you wish to make sure, call our office at (561) 656-6200, and we will be happy to answer any questions.

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May members of the same family work in the same polling location?
No. It is the policy of the PBC Supervisor of Elections Office that members of the same family do not work in the same polling location for security reasons. However, members of the same family may work the same election in different locations.

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