What are Pollworkers?
PLEASE NOTE: Internet access is required for some training.
Pollworkers are people that work at the polling places on election day. There are seven different
types of positions to be filled for each election: Precinct Supervisor, Voting System Specialist, Attendant, EViD Specialist, EViD Operator, Ballot Distributor, and Poll Deputy. Pollworkers who work Election Day are compensated.
- The Precinct Supervisor is the person in charge of all activity at a polling place.
The Precinct Supervisor is ultimately responsible for the performance of the precinct on election day.
- The Voting System Specialist (VSS) is responsible for the voting equipment at the polling place. The VSS is responsible for the opening and closing of the DS200 optical scanner and the ADA iVotronic touch screen. The VSS assists voters with ballot issues at the DS200 Optical Scanner, ADA iVotronic, privacy booth and distributes "I Voted" stickers.
- The Attendant is responsible for assisting the VSS during opening and closing procedures. Once the polls open, the attendant assists
voters with ballot issues at the DS200 optical scanner, the privacy booth and distributes "I Voted" stickers.
- The EViD Specialist is responsible for the opening and closing of the Electronic Voter iDentification (EViD) systems. The EViD Specialist also
verifies voter eligibility using the EViD unit. They may complete paper work during the day and contact the Phone Bank for information necessary to process voters at the polling place.
- The EViD Operator is responsible for assisting the EViD Specialist during opening and closing procedures. Once the polls open, they verify voter
eligibility using the EViD unit. They may assist the EViD Specialist in completing paper work during the day and contacting the Phone Bank for information necessary to process voters at the polling place.
- The Ballot Distributor is responsible for collecting voting passes and issuing a paper ballot to all eligible voters that have been processed by the EViD
Operators. The Ballot Distributor works with the Precinct Supervisor to reconcile the ballots for each precinct.
- The Poll Deputy maintains law and order, all day, outside the polling place and assists voters as needed. They are deputized by the Sheriff
of Pasco County but have no power to arrest. Deputy Sheriffs are on call for this purpose.
- Alternates are pollworkers who must attend the training session to be ready to work on
election day as the need arises.
Florida Statutes require that all pollworkers receive training before each election. The
training is mandatory for all pollworkers assigned to work, as well as alternates. These
sessions are held during the month preceding both the primary and the general elections.
Required training depends upon your assignment and can vary from 3 to 8 hours. Each person
attending training is compensated.
Physical requirements include standing, bending, stooping, lifting approximately 30 pounds,
normal vision and manual/physical dexterity.
Pollworkers must be able to read and write the English language. Many positions require basic computer skills.
Work Hours and Rates of Pay
The average work day starts at 6:00 a.m. and ends at approximately 8:00 p.m. The rates of pay
vary for each position.
In Pasco County, pollworkers are paid following each election.
How Can I Become a Pollworker?
You must complete an on-line Pollworker application. The Supervisor of Elections' office will contact you to schedule an orientation. At this meeting you will be briefed on pollworker duties and responsibilities, hours to be worked, training
sessions, physical and clerical requirements and rates of pay. You will be given an opportunity to ask any other election-related questions that might help you decide if this is a job for you. You will be advised if you have not qualified to be a pollworker. Qualified applicants will be added to our
pollworker file and notified by mail when they are scheduled for training to work in an election.
If you are interested, please complete the on-line application.