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Poll Workers

  • November General Election - November 3, 2020 - Polls Open 6:00 AM-9:00 PM

  • Early Voting for the November General Election - October 24th - November 1st

THANK YOU! The response from the community for the call of Poll workers has been tremendous.  We have received hundreds of interest forms and placed many potential inspectors in training classes this Fall.  As a Bi-Partisan operation, the Board of Elections must ensure we have an even representation of both major parties.  Therefore, at this time, we have filled our Democrat positions for the November 3rd Election and are currently only looking for Republican inspectors to fill spots at the Polls.

 Click here to view Poll Worker Recruitment Flyer

 

Poll workers provide essential assistance to the public during the voting process.  Poll workers are assigned to work at polling sites in bi-partisan teams and are required to attend training and pass a minimal test every year.  If you are currently registered to vote and are interested in serving as a REPUBLICAN poll worker, please  download the interested contact information sheet here , fill it out and mail or e-mail your completed form to the Board of Elections.

Republicans contact:

Abby Staub e-mail or call (585)753-1523

Paul Wagner e-mail or call (585)753-1534

DEMOCRAT inspectors assigned to work in November PLEASE CALL YOUR COORDINATORS WITH ANY QUESTIONS AT THIS TIME.

 

 

Resources for Poll Workers

Poll Worker Training Videos

Questions About Becoming A Poll Worker

Q. How do I sign up?

  • Call the Board of Elections at (585) 753-1550 or complete the attached form. We can answer additional questions and put you in touch with the Coordinator in your area who is actively recruiting Poll Worker.

Q. Are Poll Workers Volunteers? - NO

  • Poll Workers are paid for their election day service by the county in which they serve, in an amount fixed by the county legislative body. In Monroe County, the County Legislature sets the pay. Poll Workers are also paid for attending required training schools if they work an election.  The Board of Elections does NOT directly pay poll workers. The Board can confirm if any poll worker worked, but questions about pay should be directed to the City or Town Clerks. Checks generally are sent within 4–6 weeks after the election. City and Town Clerks' phone numbers are listed at the bottom of this page.

Q. What is a Poll Worker?

  • They are voters who are appointed by their political party to serve a 1-year term. They work on Election Day.

Q. What are an Poll Worker's Responsibilities?

  • They are responsible for making sure that the voters are processed in a fair and efficient manner and according to Election Law.

Q. Can anyone be an Poll Worker? What are the qualifications?

  • Any registered voter who is enrolled in the Democratic or Republican Party can be an Poll Worker. They are also required to speak, read and write the English Language.

Q. Does it require a lot of training to be an Poll Worker?

  • They are required to be trained and tested every year. A flexible training schedule is held throughout the County from September through October. Classes last about 3 hours long. If Election Inspectors work on General 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 Inspectors 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 be selected 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 are allowed to take limited time off during the election day to eat a meal and to vote. They may leave their site with at least one inspector of each party remaining.  During the day, there will be slower intervals, usually in mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Poll Workers should take meal breaks during these times. All poll workers should be present at the election district from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. While each team of poll workers may set different times, the Board recommends that inspectors’ meal times not take over one hour. The Site Chair should enforce the same amount of time for each poll worker.

Q. Will I be working with experienced Poll Workers?

  • Yes, there are multiple poll workers working at each voting site. 3,200 Poll Workers serve at almost 800 districts in Monroe County. About 75% return faithfully year after year. So the majority are trained and experienced.

Q. Will I be working at my own voting location?

  • If there is an opening, yes, otherwise you will be placed as close to your own district as possible.

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.

Q. How do I sign up?

  • Call the Board of Elections at (585) 753-1550 or complete the attached form. We can answer additional questions and put you in touch with the Coordinator in your area who is actively recruiting Poll Workers.
     

City and Town Clerks

  • Rochester: 428-7421
  • Brighton: 784-5240
  • Chili: 889-3550
  • Clarkson: 637-1130
  • East Rochester: 586-3553
  • Gates: 247-6100
  • Greece: 225-2000
  • Hamlin: 964-2421
  • Henrietta: 334-7700
  • Irondequoit: 467-8840
  • Mendon: 624-6060
  • Ogden: 617-6111
  • Parma: 392-9461
  • Penfield: 340-8625
  • Perinton: 223-0770
  • Pittsford: 248-6200
  • Riga: 293-3880
  • Rush: 533-1312
  • Sweden: 637-2144
  • Webster: 872-1000
  • Wheatland: 889-1553

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