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Important Updates

  • We are now enrolling Veteran Inspectors for both in-person and online training for the June 22, 2021 Primary.  If you have any questions email boetraining@monroecounty.gov.

  • We are now enrolling Spanish Interpreters for the June 22, 2021 Primary.  Please email us at Interpreter@monroecounty.gov

  • New Inspectors if you are interested in working the June 22, 2021 Primary, please download the Poll Worker Sign Up Form and email us at newinspector@monroecounty.gov.

 

Poll Worker Sign Up Form Download

Poll Worker Recruitment Flyer Download

Poll Worker Manuals and other Resources

Poll Worker Training Videos

 

 

Questions About Becoming A Poll Worker

Q. How do I sign up?

Fill out the form below!

Poll Worker Sign Up Form

Q. Are Poll Workers Volunteers? - NO

Poll Workers are paid for their election day service by the county in which they serve, in an amount fixed by the county legislative body. In Monroe County, the County Legislature sets the pay. Poll Workers are also paid for attending required training schools if they work an election.  The Board of Elections does NOT directly pay poll workers. The Board can confirm if any poll worker worked, but questions about pay should be directed to the City or Town Clerks. Checks generally are sent within 4–6 weeks after the election. City and Town Clerks' phone numbers are listed at the bottom of this page.

Q. What is a Poll Worker?

They are voters who are appointed by their political party to serve a 1-year term. They work on Election Day.

Q. What are an Poll Worker's Responsibilities?

They are responsible for making sure that the voters are processed in a fair and efficient manner and according to Election Law.

Q. Can anyone be an Poll Worker? What are the qualifications?

Any registered voter who is enrolled in the Democratic or Republican Party can be an Poll Worker. They are also required to speak, read and write the English Language.

Q. Does it require a lot of training to be an Poll Worker?

They are required to be trained and tested every year. A flexible training schedule is held throughout the County from September through October. Classes last about 3 hours long. If Election Inspectors work on General Election Day they are paid for attending training.

Q. What Days and Hours do Poll Workers work?

All Poll Workers work on General Election Day in November from 5:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Some Inspectors also work for a Primary or a Special Election usually 5:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.  Poll workers may also sign up to be selected to work Early Voting days.

Q. Election Day is a long day, what if I can't work the whole day?

All Poll Workers are required to work the entire election day.  There is no option to work for only part of an Election Day for any reason.

Q. Do Poll Workers get time off during the day?

Yes, Poll Workers are allowed to take limited time off during the election day to eat a meal and to vote. They may leave their site with at least one inspector of each party remaining.  The Site Chair will assign the same amount of time for each poll worker.  During the day, there will be slower intervals, usually in mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Poll Workers will be assigned meal breaks during these times. All poll workers need to be present at the Polling Site from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. While Site Chairs have leeway over assigning breaks, the Board recommends that inspectors’ meal times not take over one hour. 

Q. Will I be working with experienced Poll Workers?

Yes, there are multiple poll workers working at each voting site. 3,200 Poll Workers serve at almost 800 districts in Monroe County. About 75% return faithfully year after year. So the majority are trained and experienced.

Q. Will I be working at my own voting location?

If there is an opening, yes, otherwise you will be placed as close to your own district as possible.

Q. What if I am on SSI, unemployment or concerned about tax consequences?

Each person’s circumstances are unique and therefore they must check with their own advisors.

City and Town Clerks

  • Rochester: 428-7421
  • Brighton: 784-5240
  • Chili: 889-3550
  • Clarkson: 637-1130
  • East Rochester: 586-3553
  • Gates: 247-6100
  • Greece: 225-2000
  • Hamlin: 964-2421
  • Henrietta: 334-7700
  • Irondequoit: 467-8840
  • Mendon: 624-6060
  • Ogden: 617-6111
  • Parma: 392-9461
  • Penfield: 340-8625
  • Perinton: 223-0770
  • Pittsford: 248-6200
  • Riga: 293-3880
  • Rush: 533-1312
  • Sweden: 637-2144
  • Webster: 872-1000
  • Wheatland: 889-1553

Republican Contacts:

Diane Gibson: DianeGibson@monroecounty.gov or call (585) 753-1522

Abby Staub: AbigailStaub@monroecounty.gov or call (585) 753-1523
Paul Wagner: 
PWagner@monroecounty.gov or call (585) 753-1534

Democratic Contacts:

Carla Williams: CarlaWilliams@monroecounty.gov or call (585) 753-1512

Richard Buckner III: RichardBuckner@monroecounty.gov or call (585) 753-1545
Candice Holmes: 
CandiceHolmes@monroecounty.gov  or call (585) 753-1555

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