Poll Worker FAQ

Poll Worker Questions




What are the steps in becoming a Poll Worker?

You MUST be a registered or preregistered voter in Palm Beach County.

Click here to fill out our on-line application form.

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, only that you will be placed on the “prospective” list.


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What are the different Poll Worker positions?


This person is in charge of all operations at the Precinct and has additional responsibilities prior to Election Day, such as picking up your Clerk Supply Bag the day before an election, contacting other Poll Workers assigned to the precinct and inspecting the polling place.

Assistant Clerk:

This person will assist the Clerk and share their duties as needed and will substitute for the Clerk if they are unable to serve.


Process voters to verify voter eligibility and assists voters with the use of our voting equipment.

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 receive payment for their service.  Currently the rate of pay per election is:



Rate of Pay*


 $ 265.00

 Assistant Clerk

 $ 230.00


 $ 185.00

 Precinct Deputy

 $ 170.00


* Rate of pay includes Election Day pay, Poll Worker training pay and/or election night return.

** If you retired from an FRS employer less than one year ago, working as a Poll Worker may jeopardize your FRS pension. Contact the Florida Retirement System at 1-866-446-9377 to verify how working as a Poll Worker will affect your FRS benefits.


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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 notify you by email when orientation sessions become available. Registration for these sessions will be completed online. 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 email asking if you will be available to work. Once you respond to our availability request, your record will be updated accordingly.


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Is the Orientation Session the only requirement for training?

No. Florida Law requires all Poll Workers to attend mandatory training workshop prior to working any election. Workshops run from 3 to 6 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 may still be active. If you wish to be sure, Click Here to log into your Poll Worker account and check your status, or call our office at (561) 656-6200 (option 3), 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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