Become an Election Worker
The Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office hires over 1000 workers to work at over 100 precincts county-wide during Election periods. This team of dedicated workers plays a key role in helping meet OUR COMMITMENTS of:
- Voter Confidence
- Excellent Service
- Accurate and Efficient Elections
- Responsible Financial Stewardship
Election Worker Information Sessions
We are always looking for committed, professional and courteous workers willing to learn how to assist voters in the Elections process.
Periodically we will host information sessions for those individuals who wish to learn more. This is an opportunity to meet our team and ask questions regarding eligibility, our selection criteria, and the overall elections process.
The date, time, and location of the next sessions are noted in our calendar, if available. If you are interested in becoming an election worker and would like to attend one of these sessions, please contact Brian Sweezea at 352-253-1432 or register via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just let us know which date works best for you and we will add your name to the list of attendees for that session.
Election Worker Requirements
If you are unable to attend one of our sessions, the following outlines the basic requirements that must be met to be a successful election worker within our office.
To be an election worker, you must:
- be a registered voter in Lake County
- read, write and speak the English language. If you are bi-lingual that is a plus (especially those who speak Spanish) and we encourage you to apply and serve.
- be able to work a 14-hour day, with patience and courtesy to others
- be able to lift voting equipment and supplies as needed
- have an email address and access to a computer and the internet
- have reliable transportation (Not public transportation)
- successfully complete all training and assessments prior to each election
- remain nonpartisan while at the polls
- refrain from any divisive comments or discussions concerning a voter, a voter's party preference, a candidate, or issue, while working at the polls
- abide by a no smoking policy on Election Day
- TREAT EVERYONE WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT AT ALL TIMES
Election Worker Positions
All election workers must attend at least one of our scheduled training sessions and plan to work at their polling place on Election Day from 6 a.m. until the last voter has voted and closing procedures have been completed. An election worker may have to stay until after 8 p.m. in some circumstances.
CLERK: Responsible for the management and operations of a precinct on Election Day. Provide and maintain quality customer service to the voters. Complete required paperwork. Pick up and drop off precinct supplies.
ASSISTANT CLERK: Provides assistance to the Clerk and MUST be ready to take on the full responsibilities of the Clerk if the Clerk is unable to work on Election Day.
INSPECTOR: Responsible for properly processing voters, issuing ballots, setup and breakdown of voter privacy booths and assisting the Clerk and Assistant Clerk with preparing the facility for voting, as well as cleaning up after the polls close. There are various types of inspector positions available. Contact our office for more information on the inspector roles.
TECHNICIAN: Responsible for assisting voters at the tabulating machine (DS200) and instructing voters on how to properly insert their ballot, and transmits vote data to the Elections Office on Election Night.
POLL DEPUTY: Responsible for activities outside of the polling area. This includes monitoring the parking area, posting precinct polling place signs, removing illegal campaign signs, assisting voters with locating the entrance, opening door and providing assistance with setup and cleanup of polling place.
All positions are paid an additional $25 above the regular Day Flat Rate for each successfully completed required training session in which they attend. Additional training opportunities are available on a voluntary basis, but are usually not included in the paid training category.
If you think you meet the above criteria and are interested in one of the various roles outlined, then please complete the Election Worker Interest Form. Once we receive the completed form we will reach out to you and outline the next steps in the recruitment process. We look forward to hearing from you! For more information, please contact our Poll Worker Coordinator, Brian Sweezea at email@example.com or 352-253-1432.
Interested in becoming an Election Worker?
Fill out the form below. We are continually assessing our staffing needs and upon receipt of your completed form, we will notify you regarding the next step in the recruitment process. We are thrilled that you are interested in helping your community and fellow voters! See you at the polls!
Note: As much as we wish we could accept all applicants, filling out the form does not, in any way, guarantee your position. There are several factors that go into the selection process. You will be notified upon your appointment.
By becoming an election worker, you show you care about your community, are supporting our democracy, and are helping ensure all voices are heard. We encourage you to consider the opportunities to join us in making a positive voting experience for the voters of Lake County. Thank you for your consideration in joining our team.