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Election officers set up the precinct for the election including making sure equipment is operating properly and signage is put in place. On Election Day, they check in voters, distribute ballots, and provide general assistance. At the end of Election Day, officers will tabulate report results, complete critical paperwork, and clean up the polling place. Some duties include:
Officers must arrive by 5:00am to open the poll by 6:00am. The polls close at 7:00pm but officers must remain to close equipment, report results, complete paperwork, and clean up the polling places. In most elections, officers are done their duties by approximately 8:30pm, but it can depend on several factors including if voters are still in line to vote at 7:00pm. All voters in line by that time can still vote. Officers are not permitted to leave and return to the polling place during the day.
Workers are sent an Assignment letter for each election to verify they have been selected to work a particular election. Whenever possible, Election Officers are assigned to their "home" precinct (the polling place where they vote) unless they request otherwise. However, if there are no vacancies at the home precinct, a nearby precinct may be assigned to ensure that all polling places have proper and equitable representation.
All Election Officers are encouraged to vote by mail or at the early voting location (whether assigned to their home precinct or not). Officers not assigned to their home polling place should pay particular attention to this as your vote will not count if not in your home precinct and you cannot leave the polling place you are working at to vote on Election Day. Please plan accordingly.
Early voting work is limited, and election officers will be surveyed prior to each election for availability to assist. Number of days, and staff needed can vary from election to election. The best way to be eligible is to apply to serve as an election officer to gain experience. Experienced election officers and those with availability are the most likely individuals to be selected to serve during early voting.