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It is a paid volunteer position; poll officials are paid for service. The rates are: poll managers - $280 per election, assistant managers - $175 per election, and clerks - $7.25 per hour.
All poll officials must report to their assigned precinct by 6:00am on Election Day and remain on duty until the polls have closed and all paperwork is completed. The poll manager and one poll official must accompany ballots and memory cards back to the Walton County Elections office in Monroe after all the poll activities have been completed. All poll officials should anticipate a minimum 14 hour day, which may include a lot of standing or sitting in one position.
All poll officials are required by law to be trained prior to each election. Because this is a requirement by law, you cannot work the polls if you have not completed training. We schedule several training dates and times to accommodate as many poll officials as possible.
You will be mailed a letter with your scheduled date and time. If you can’t make it to your assigned training session, you may call and reschedule. If you can’t attend the training session, you can’t work on Election Day. Training is required.
The county allots a small amount of money for each worker. The managers use that money to purchase either snacks or lunch. Your manager will let you know if you need to bring any food.
Yes, you have to work all day. Poll officials must be sworn in at the beginning of each Election Day and payroll sheets must be signed prior to the poll opening.
No. Poll officials are required to vote prior to Election Day. You may vote by mail up to 45 days prior to the election or you may vote advance in person up to 21 days before the election. Once you've been sworn in at the polling place, you are not allowed to leave until all Election Day activities have been completed.
Scheduled breaks are determined by the Poll Manager and not all facilities allow smoking on the premises.