Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
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Poll Official: Frequently Asked Questions
|Is this a volunteer position and what are the hours of work?
It is a paid volunteer position; poll officials are paid for service. The rates are: poll managers $290, assistant managers $190, issuing clerks $165 and non-issuing clerks $135. The positions include training and additional pay for training dependent upon the position. When all training is completed the final pay is $390 for managers, $290 for assistant managers, issuing Clerks $225, and $150 for non-issuing clerks; for descriptions of positions see the job posting on the Job Opportunities tab.
Those who complete training but then do not work, for any reason on Election Day, will not receive pay for training. If a poll official must leave during the Election Day due to illness or emergency, the pay will be prorated to the number of hours worked.
The hours of work actually vary among positions, however, 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 and paperwork back to the Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Office in Lawrenceville 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.
|When do we actually receive pay?
All poll officials receive their pay approximately four weeks after the Election Date.
|What type of training is required?
All poll officials are required by law to be trained prior to each election cycle. You are given access to manuals and paperwork during online training and you will receive a training certificate upon passing the online training test. As this is a requirement by law, you cannot work the polls if you have not completed training. Basic poll official training is offered online and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the training period. We schedule several training dates and times for specialized classes for managers to accommodate as many poll officials as possible.
Demonstration Labs provide an opportunity to receive additional hands-on training. Labs are conducted after the in-person training class In the lab, you will experience interactive opportunities which will include additional hands-on-training on the Ballot Marking Device and the e-pollbook. In addition, you will have an opportunity to ask questions related to the voting system and procedures covered in class.
We schedule several training dates and times for specialized classes and for management level poll officials to accommodate as many poll officials as possible. As this is a requirement by law, you cannot work the polls if you have not completed training. In-Person Training Class Registrations will be available as the next election nears.
|How will I know the training schedule?
Your poll manager will contact you with dates and times. You will work with them and they will notify the Voter Registration and Elections Division.
|Does the county provide lunch or snacks?
|Do I really have to work all day? Why can't we do split shifts?
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. Allowing split shifts eliminates the continuity throughout the day at the stations.
|If I'm working the poll, how do I vote? Can I leave to vote if I'm not working at my precinct?
No. Poll officials are required to vote prior to Election Day. You may vote by mail up to 45 days prior to the election, you may vote advance in person up to 21 days before the election at the main office of the Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections office or at one of the satellite voting locations the week immediately preceding 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. Visit the Advance Voting or Absentee Webpage for additional information, including forms, for absentee by mail voting.
|If I am a smoker, am I allowed smoke breaks?
Scheduled breaks are determined by the Poll Manager and not all facilities allow smoking on the premises.
|What will I do as a poll official?
|Where will I work on Election Day?
You will be assigned to a polling location based on where there are critical shortages of workers. Election Workers are either assigned to a polling location near their home or anywhere throughout the County as needed.