; Adam Bello, County Executive

Poll Workers


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Primary Election Updates:

  • Auto Syncing the Poll Pads: No Cloud Icon

    • New: On Election Day, do NOT manually sync the Poll Pads by clicking the cloud icon. Auto syncing will occur when you power on your site's Poll Pads. At the close of polls, you must wait 10 minutes after the last action is made on the Poll Pad before repacking the Poll Pads.
  • Poll Pad Sign In
    • In the morning, before the polls open, ensure all of your Poll Workers Sign In on the Poll Pad. Follow the steps listed at the bottom of page 17, in the 2021 Inspector Manual. Poll Workers are NOT to Sign Out unless they do not complete the whole day’s shift. If an inspector is not listed, select the “Add Poll Worker” button at the end of the list, and complete the required steps.
  • Ballot Rec: Affidavits
    • Please count all of the affidavits ballots, at your site, and record the new total on your Ballot Rec form.
  • Payment Forms
    • City: All inspectors working in the City must complete a W-9 form and pink City Pay Voucher. Place the completed forms in the Red Bag.
    • Town: All inspectors working in a Town must complete a W-9 form and the Town’s Pay Voucher. Place completed forms in the Red Bag.
  • Before/After the Polls Forms: Machine Specific
    • Both, the Before the Polls Open and After the Polls Close Form will be machine specific for the Primary. The Before the Polls Open Form will be found in the Blue Bag located within the corresponding machine. The After the Polls Close Form will be repacked in Blue Bag at the close of polls.
  • Two Challenge Reports
    • Your site will now be equipped with two Challenge Reports. One report will be at the Sign In Table with the Poll Pads. At the Sign In Table, record any Name Changes or Typos, and Voter Assistance on the Challenge Report. At the Ballot Table, record any Affidavit Ballots and Court Orders on the Challenge Report.
  • Spanish Interpreter Binder
    • There will no longer be a Spanish Interpreter Binder. Interpreters will sign in on the Poll Pad, along with the other Poll Workers at the site. Remember, interpreters are trained inspectors and able to rotate through election day tasks, their primary objective is to translate between inspectors and Spanish speaking voters when necessary.


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: or call (585) 753-1522

Abby Staub: or call (585) 753-1523
Paul Wagner: or call (585) 753-1534

Democratic Contacts:

Carla Williams: or call (585) 753-1512

Richard Buckner III: or call (585) 753-1545
Candice Holmes:  or call (585) 753-1555

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