Election Workers FAQ
What are the requirements to become an election worker?
- Be a registered voter in Osceola County, or eligible to register.
- Be able to speak, read and write the English language.
- You must attend a mandatory orientation session prior to working at the polls. Attendance/completion does not guarantee that you will work, only that you are on the active list.
- Be able to work a long 14+ hour day. (You may not leave and return to the polling location)
- Must attend mandatory training before each election worked.
- Be present on Election Day from 6 AM until all the work is complete after the closing of the polls at 7 PM. All workers leave together.
- You may not serve as an Election Worker if you are an immediate family member of a candidate or are actively working on a candidate's campaign.
- Remain non-partisan in what is said and worn on Election Day.
- Physical requirements include standing, bending, stooping, lifting up to 30 pounds, normal vision and manual/physical dexterity.
- Must be a responsible team player.
- Enjoy working with all types of people.
What positions are available at the polls on Election Day?
- Clerk: Supervises the election board, picks up supplies prior to the election and returns them to a designated site on Election Night.
- Voter Information Specialist: Processes the appropriate forms to update the record of an eligible voter, and communicates with the Supervisor of Elections office to resolve questions pertaining to a voter's eligibility to vote.
- Technical Support: Provides technical support to the polling location.
- EViD Operator: Using the EViD equipment, verifies the voter is eligible to vote in the precinct and provides voter with either a voting pass or refers the voter to the clerk.
- Poll Deputy: Stationed outside the voting room on Election Day to maintain order at the polling location.
- Phone Bank Operator: Trained to assist Election Workers and research voter eligibility using computer terminals at the Supervisor of Elections office.
- Alternate: Additional Election Workers who are hired and trained for the specific purpose of being ready to work on an as needed basis.
Is it a paid position?
Yes, this is a paid position with the Supervisor of ELections office. Compensation is based on the position you work. No compensation is available for Election Worker orientation sessions.
Is training required?
Yes. Florida election laws require that all Election Workers attend mandatory training prior to each election. Training hours vary according to the position you are filling.
Is there a test?
Yes. At orientation, each potential Election Worker must pass a short basic skills assessment that measures the ability to do simple arithmetic and alphabetizing. At the completion of training, Election Workers must pass a quiz to measure their understanding of the duties of the position they have been trained to fill on Election Day.
How will I know where I will work?
You will be notified by the Supervisor of Elections office of your assignment. Election Worker assignments are based on experience, party balance, work history from prior elections and your availability to work in future elections.
If I don't work in my home precinct, how will I vote?
Election Workers working outside their home precinct should request an Absentee Ballot and return the voted Absentee Ballot to our office before Election Day, or vote early at one of our early voting sites.