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Poll Worker Information


What are Poll Workers?

  • Poll Workers are the over 400 men and women who work at the polling places on Election Day. They are a critical part of the election process and an important ingredient to ensure the conduct of elections is accurate and fair.

Qualifications to be a Poll Worker?

  • You must be a registered voter in St. Lucie County.
  • You must be able to read and write in English.
  • You must attend a scheduled poll worker training class prior to elections.
  • You cannot serve as a poll worker if you are a candidate or an immediate family member of a candidate.
  • You must be able to lift 15 - 40 lbs.

What are the Different Poll Worker Positions?

  • The Clerk is in charge of the polling place and is responsible for the performance of all poll workers on Election Day. Clerks are required to pick up election supplies and return these supplies to the elections office after the polls have closed.
  • The Assistant Clerk assists in completing necessary forms along with assisting the Clerk in every way possible.
  • The Inspector verifies signature and picture ID to determine a person’s eligibility to vote, issues ballots, and instructs voters at the ballot box.
  • The Voting Equipment Inspector assists in setting up the ImageCast Evolution Tabulation units before the polls open and also when the polls close to transmit results by telephone modem.
  • The Deputy designates solicitation area with guidance from the clerk, maintains order and assists voters outside polling place.

What are the Training Requirements?

  • Florida Statute requires that all poll workers attend mandatory training for each election cycle. The class duration is usually 3 to 8 hours depending on the position.

What are the Requirements to Work?

  • Enjoy working with all types of people.
  • Attend state mandated pre-election training class.
  • Have transportation to attend training and work the election.
  • Remain nonpartisan in what is said and worn on Election Day.
  • Be able to work from 6:00 a.m. until polls are closed at 7:00 p.m. (about 14 hours).