Poll Worker Information
St. Johns County poll workers are dedicated individuals who serve their community proudly. As a very important part of the elections process, they share in our mission to conduct elections in a manner that assures public confidence in the accuracy, efficiency and fairness of the election.
Our polls workers undergo training to interact and assist the public with the election procedures according to Florida Election Laws. They are also trained in the handling of stressful and emergency situations. We are proud of the professional job our poll workers perform representing the Supervisor of Election Office at Early Voting sites and polling places on Election Day.
The success of each election depends on the commitment and hard work of each and every poll worker and their dedication to the election process.
To become a Poll Worker, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be a citizen of the United States and a registered voter in St. Johns County.
- You must be able to clearly speak, read and write the English language.
- You must attend a minimum of 3 to 6 hours of poll worker training, depending on assigned position.
- Have transportation to assigned voting locations.
- Be available at 6 am and work up to a 14 hour day.
- Physical requirements include standing, bending, stooping, lifting approximately 40 lbs, normal vision, and manual/physical dexterity.
Based on skills and experience, poll workers are assigned to one of the following positions:
- Clerk. The Clerk manages the precinct and is familiar with all the task required to process voters and results. The Clerk is ultimately responsible for the performance of the early voting site or precinct on Election Day.
- Assistant Clerk.The Assistant Clerk is trained in all aspects of voter processing and assists the Clerk in opening and closing procedures. The Assistant Clerk can also step into the Clerk position, if necessary; a very important role.
- Inspectors.Inspectors perform a variety of jobs. These range from setting up the polling room to processing and issuing ballots to the voters.
- Equipment Inspectors. The Equipment Inspectors set up, maintain and monitor voting equipment, process voters, and assist voters on the voting equipment as needed.
- Poll Deputy. The Poll Deputy monitors a “No Solicitation Zone” for voters and maintains order at voting locations. They are deputized by the St. Johns County Sheriff.
Prior to each election appointed workers are notified of scheduled class times and assigned to their work location.