Poll Worker Information
Would you like to serve your community, meet your neighbors, and take an active part in the election process? Oconee County is seeking personable, energetic people to staff the polls. Oconee County residents from all backgrounds are needed to serve as poll workers. Working as a poll worker can be a fun and rewarding experience. The job is important and allows citizens to participate in one of our most cherished freedoms.
WHAT IS REQUIRED OF A POLL WORKER:
- Must be a judicious, intelligent and upright citizen of the United States
- Must be at least 16 years of age
- Must be a resident of Oconee County or a County employee
(exceptions for residents in adjoining counties)
- Must be able to read, write and speak the English language
- Must be able to attend required training
- Must not be a candidate or relative of a candidate on the ballot in the precinct in which they work
- Must not be convicted of a felony (unless voting rights have been restored) and ten years have elapsed
- Must not be a spokesperson for a party, candidate or issue on the ballot
- Possess good “people skills” and ability to work with diverse personalities.
- Communicates well with others.
- Detail oriented.
- Computer, internet, and general technology experience is a plus.
- Ability to sit and/or stand for extended periods of time.
WHAT ARE THE DUTIES OF A POLL WORKER?
Report for work no later than the assigned time.
- On Election Day:
- On Election Day, poll workers are required to be present no later than 6am (and sometimes earlier).
- On Election Day, Polls open at 7am and close at 7pm; however, any voters that are in line at 7pm will be allowed to vote. Workers are required to remain until all voting is complete, all of the paperwork is completed and signed, and all poll materials are packed up. Your Poll Manager will dismiss you when all tasks are completed; generally, after 8pm on Election Day (and sometimes much later).
- During Advance Voting:
- Poll workers are required to be present no later than 30 minutes (sometimes more) before the scheduled start time, which varies, by election.
- Poll opening and closing times vary by election during Advance Voting. Just as on Election Day, poll workers are required to remain until all voting is complete, all of the paperwork is completed and signed, and all poll materials are packed up. Your Poll Manager will dismiss you when all tasks are completed; generally, at least an hour or so after the polls officially close for the day.
- Direct voters through the voting process and answer questions when needed.
- Be flexible: you may not be assigned to work at the same location every election or perform the same duties each time.
- Provide the best first and last impression of the poll and the electoral process to the voter.
- Dress should be work casual with comfortable shoes. Clothing with any reference to candidates, campaigns, or political parties are not allowed.
IS TRAINING PROVIDED?
Yes, you will be required to complete in-class training prior to each Primary and General Election. This is mandatory for all poll workers.
WHAT JOB POSITIONS ARE THERE AT THE POLLS?
Per Georgia Election Code, at least one poll manager and two assistant managers are required to serve at each polling location each day of voting; an unlimited number of clerks will be assigned. As a new poll worker, you will begin as a clerk. Clerks serve as greeters, line monitors, touchscreen monitors, scanner monitors and exit monitors. Experienced poll workers may be assigned to serve in the role of assistant manager or poll manager. The poll manager and assistant managers are tasked with ensuring the polling place is operating according to election code and have additional paperwork responsibilities.
WILL I BE ALLOWED TIME TO GO VOTE AT MY POLLING PLACE ON ELECTION DAY?
Poll workers are not able to leave their assigned polling place during Election Day. Unless you happen to be assigned to the precinct in which you are registered to vote, we encourage all of our poll workers to take advantage of early voting and/or absentee voting by mail. Poll worker assignments are based on need and each poll worker is placed where most needed on Election Day. There are no guarantees that you will be assigned to the same polling place each election, or to the precinct in which you live, or that your next assignment will be the same as your last.
HOW DO I APPLY?