Current Election Workers
Thank you for your hard work and dedicated service. We look forward to continuing to work with you in the future. Prior to election time, we will send out appointment letters as we have done in the past. However, we encourage you to let us know if you would like to continue to serve by updating your information with our office. You can easily do so by completing the form or calling our office at 352-343-9734. If you no longer wish to serve, please let us know as well. We thank you for your service.
It takes a large team to ensure that an election runs smoothly. From helping residents register to vote, to assisting on Election Day, volunteers play an important part in the process.
To learn more about volunteering for the Lake County Supervisor of Elections, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352-343-9734.
Are you interested in continuing to serve as an Election Worker?
If yes, please update your information below. If no, thank you for your service.
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 below, 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 352-253-6123 or register via email at email@example.com. Just let us know which date works best for you and we will add your name to the list of attendees for that session.
No upcoming Election Worker Information Sessions. Check back soon.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-253-6123.
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.
The Adopt-A-Precinct Program is an opportunity to create a community partnership between the Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office and area businesses or organizations within the County. It creates a relationship which addresses the need for qualified election workers while providing an opportunity for the business or organization to earn monies to help meet their charitable goals and objectives.
The program is designed to help recruit, train, and employ election workers that embody our commitment to the citizens of Lake County:
- Voter Confidence
- Excellent Service
- Accurate & Efficient Elections
- Responsible Financial Stewardship
In exchange for your business or organization providing committed workers, the stipend usually paid to our election workers, will be paid to the charity of your choice. Typically, the stipend amount can range between $1,000-$1,500. These funds could be used to help establish scholarships, special community based projects, or support other worthy causes in the community.
To learn more about this program or how you can participate, please contact our Community Outreach Director, Nanci Cornwell, 352-253-6109 or complete the Adopt-A-Precinct Interest Form.
We look forward to developing a relationship with your business or organization and working together to make the voting experience the best it can be for Lake County residents.
The Adopt-A-Precinct Program
- Provides community organizations and non-profits the opportunity to be part of the elections process.
- Raises funds for your worthy causes by paying your organization or non-profit rather than the individual election worker.
- Each participating organization or non-profit "adopts" a specific precinct or multiple precincts for each election cycle by providing the personnel to staff the precinct(s).
Interested in adopting a precinct?
Fill out the form below. We will review your information and notify you of the next step in establishing this partnership. 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 acceptance into the Adopt-A-Precinct Program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How much money can we earn?
A. Potential earnings can vary and are only limited by the number of precincts you are willing to adopt. Salaries are based on the role the worker serves and are reviewed each election cycle. The 2018 election cycle rates will be posted here on our website.
Q. Why would we want to do this?
A. In addition to serving your community and earning funds, a sign will be placed at your polling location that reads, "This polling place is staffed today by: (your organization name)." Your organization will also be featured on our website and in our newsletter.
It is a great team building opportunity for your organization.
Q. Who is eligible to work the polls?
A. You must be a registered Lake County voter. Other eligibility requirements must also be met to participate in the program.
Q. Will there be training for election workers?
A. All workers must complete required training, both online and in classroom settings. The amount of required training varies and is based on the role served at the polls. Morning, evening, and weekend training classes are offered prior to each election.
Q. What will be expected on Election Day?
A. All election workers must be present and ready to work at 6:00 a.m. on Election Day. The time they leave varies by election, usually about an hour or so after the polls close. Election Day can be a very long day. Workers will need to wear comfortable, neat attire. They may wear shirts with your business or organization logo if you choose. However, no electioneering will be allowed.
Once an organization has been selected to become an Adopt-A-Precinct partner, they will need to sign a partnership agreement and we will need them to provide an Agency Coordinator. This individual will:
- Provide the name of the charitable organization that will benefit from the proceeds
- Complete a W-9 form and provide IRS certification of nonprofit exemption status.
- Provide the names and contact information of 6-8 workers (this includes workers and back-up personnel).
- Ensure that all workers are registered to vote in Lake County.
- Ensure that all workers attend all training, which is mandatory and occurs prior to each election.
- Ensure all workers begin working at 6:00 a.m. on Election Day. Since polls are open from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., the time they leave varies and can be after 8:00 p.m..
We usually only have one organization adopt each precinct, but we may have a mix of experienced worker/volunteers matched up with workers from the organization. This mix ensures that we have experienced personnel working alongside folks who might be working the polls for the very first time. Workers will need to bring food and necessities for the entire day because once they are in the polling location, they will not be able to leave until the Election Day is complete.