If you are a former FRS employee and you retired within the last 12 months, you are ineligible to work as an election worker until you have completed a 12-month retirement period. Please contact the Florida Retirement System at 1-866-446-9377 to verify how working as an election worker will affect your FRS benefits.
Election Workers play a crucial and essential role in the electoral process in St. Lucie County.
A dedicated team of over 450 individuals serves the voters of St. Lucie County during early voting and at polling places on Election Day. These civic-minded individuals are responsible for efficiently processing voters, providing assistance (including language support) and guiding voters on the proper use of the voting equipment. Their primary objective is to ensure the accuracy and fairness of elections.
To become an Election Worker, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be a registered voter in St. Lucie County.
- Complete an I-9 employment eligibility verification form (effective January 2021, for new Election Workers only).
- Provide a Social Security number, which will be required prior to employment and used solely for payroll eligibility.
- Possess fluent English reading, writing, and speaking skills.
- Attend mandatory training classes prior to working each election.
- Be available to work from 6:00 a.m. until approximately 8:00 p.m.
- Have reliable transportation for attending training sessions and working on Election Day.
- Meet physical requirements such as standing, bending, stooping, and lifting weights of 15 to 20 lbs.
- Remain non-partisan while serving as an Election Worker.
- Not be a candidate, an immediate family member of a candidate, or actively involved in the campaign of any candidate with opposition in the election being canvassed (per F.S. 102.141).
- Be customer service oriented.
- Serve all voters promptly, courteously, and with sensitivity to voters with special needs.
Positions available for Election Workers:
The positions listed provide an overview of the responsibilities performed. Additional knowledge, skills, and abilities may be applicable for individual positions.
Clerk – Responsible for overseeing all operations at the polling place in compliance with Florida Law. They should be comfortable working with electronic equipment and act as the primary contact between the Supervisor of Elections Office and the polling place. The Clerk confirms the availability of Election Workers to work and attend mandatory training sessions. The Clerk has additional responsibilities before Election Day and is accountable for the overall management, coordination, and supervision of tasks and activities during Early Voting and on Election Day. They also collect and return election supplies.
Assistant Clerk – Responsible for providing support to the Clerk in completing essential paperwork, including processing provisional and spoiled ballots. Must possess a general working knowledge of electronic equipment. Assists in conflict resolution. Must be prepared to assume the Clerk’s duties in case of an emergency. Accompanies the Clerk to return supplies on election night. Additional responsibilities as assigned.
Voting Equipment Technician – Responsible for assisting the Clerk in opening and closing the polls on the Image Cast Evolution (ICE) tabulation unit(s). Must be comfortable working with electronic equipment. Positioned at the ICE Unit to provide guidance to the voters on how to use the voting equipment and assists in troubleshooting, when necessary. Collects secrecy folders from voters who have cast their ballots and hands out “I Voted” stickers. Additional responsibilities as assigned.
Inspector – Responsible for setting up and shutting down the electronic poll book system. Greets voters and verifies their identification and signature. Processes voters at check-in, using the electronic poll book. Guides voters who require additional assistance to the Clerk’s table. Collects voting passes from voters and ensures they receive the appropriate ballot. Additional responsibilities as assigned.
Poll Deputy – Poll deputies are deputized by St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department, is always present while the polls or early voting sites are open. Responsible for properly marking the 150 ft “no solicitation” zone and ensures compliance. Additionally, the deputy sets up and removes directional signs outside the polling place, greets voters at the entrance to the polling place and maintains an orderly flow of voter traffic. Ensures that political activities conducted outside the polling site comply with all legal requirements. Additional responsibilities as assigned.
How do I vote if I do not work in my home precinct?
We encourage Election Workers to exercise their right to Vote by Mail or Vote Early, as it is not guaranteed that they will be assigned to work at their home precinct on Election Day.
Early Voting is available at designated locations across the County. It is necessary to present a current and valid form of identification that includes both a photo and signature. Click on the link to access list of Early Voting dates, sites, and acceptable forms of identification.
A registered voter can request a ballot in person, by mail, by phone at (772) 462-1500 or online. The deadline for submitting a request for a mailed ballot is 5:00 p.m. on the 12th day before an upcoming election. Mailed ballots must be returned to one of our election offices by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
Do I get paid to work as an Election Worker?
Yes, Election Workers are paid one-time lump sum payment that covers training and election day duties. Pay varies from $170 - $290 per election, depending on the assigned position.
As an Election Worker, do I need to reapply to work each election?
Once you have worked in an election, you are considered an Active Election Worker and do not need to reapply each year.
How do I apply to work as an Election Worker?
To apply to work as an Election Worker, click here. Once you submit your application, it will be processed, and one of our staff members will reach out to you regarding the next steps.