Poll Worker Manuals and Other Resources
- 2023 Election Inspector Training Manual (PDF)
- Leadership Training Slideshow (for Site Chairs and Coordinators)
- How To Bookmark Our Website On Your Browser
Poll Worker Training Videos
- Typical Voting Process
- Setting Up the Poll Pads
- Checking in a Voter: Basic Search
- Checking in a Voter: Advanced Search
- Poll Pad Notifications
- Using the Election District Finder
- Affidavit Ballot Procedure
- Spoiled Ballot Procedure
- Setting Up the Voting Machines
- Closing the Voting Machines
- Packing the TripLOK Bag
- The BMD or Ballot Marking Device
- Ballot Reconciliation: Opening
- Ballot Reconciliation: Closing
- Closing the Poll Pads
- Poll Worker Sign In
- ID Required Procedure
- Putting BMD Screen Down
- Using a QR Code
- Early Voting Affidavit Process
- Early Voting Setting Up the Print Cart
- Early Voting Closing the Print Cart
- Leadership Training Voting Assistance Scenarios (for Site Chairs and Coordinators)
Questions About Becoming A Poll Worker
Q. How do I sign up?
Q. Are Poll Workers Volunteers? - NO
Poll Workers are paid for their Election Day service by the county in which they serve. Poll Workers are also paid for attending required training classes if they work an election. However, if a Poll Worker takes a training class but does not work on Election Day, they will not get paid for the training class. If you have questions regarding pay or the status of your check, please refer to the Board of Elections Finance Department: [email protected]
Q. What is a Poll Worker?
Poll Workers protect the right to vote and ensure fair voting across Monroe County. Poll Workers can either work as an Election Inspector or Spanish Interpreter. Election Inspectors are voters who declare to work for either the Democratic or Republican Party on Election Day. Spanish Interpreters are non-partisan Poll Workers who also provide Spanish translation services to voters.
Q. What are Poll Worker's Responsibilities?
They ensure fair and honest elections and protect the rights and privacy of every voter in accordance with New York State Election Law.
Q. Can anyone be a Poll Worker? What are the qualifications?
Poll Workers must be a registered voter in Monroe County and be willing to declare to work for either the Democratic or Republican Party on Election Day. They must be able to speak, read and write the English Language. They also must have a valid email address for communication with the Board of Elections Training Team.
Q. Does it require a lot of training to be a Poll Worker?
They are required to be trained and tested every year. Trainings are held at the Board of Elections Service Center in the months leading up to the Primary and General Election, at varying times and dates. Classes last about 2 hours. If Poll Workers work on Election Day they are paid for attending training.
Q. What Days and Hours do Poll Workers work?
All Poll Workers work on General Election Day in November from 5:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Some Poll Workers also work for a Primary or a Special Election usually 5:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Poll Workers may also sign up to work Early Voting days.
Q. Election Day is a long day, what if I can't work the whole day?
All Poll Workers are required to work the entire Election Day. There is no option to work for only part of an Election Day for any reason.
Q. Do Poll Workers get time off during the day?
Yes, Poll Workers will be given breaks throughout the day, including a lunch break. These breaks will be assigned by the Site Chairs at the polling site. A Poll Worker may leave the site during their assigned break, as long as there is at least one Election Inspector from each party remaining at the site.
Q. Will I be working with experienced Poll Workers?
Yes, there are multiple Poll Workers working at each polling site. A majority of Poll Workers in Monroe County return to work on Election Day every year, so you will likely be surrounded by veteran Poll Workers at your polling site. Additionally, each polling site is assigned a Site Chair from each party who is an experienced Poll Worker that supervises the site and can answer questions.
Q. Will I be working at my own voting location?
If you would like to work at your own voting location and there is an opening available, you can work at your own voting location. Otherwise, the training team will work with you to find a different polling site that works best for you.
Q. Can my pet tag along with me during training and work?
Only service animals are permitted at training sessions or poll sites. Service animals are only dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Emotional support animals or pets are not permitted.
Q. What if I am on SSI, unemployment or concerned about tax consequences?
Each person’s circumstances are unique and therefore they must check with their own advisors.
Contact The Training Team
Training Team: [email protected]
Finance Department: [email protected]