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Pollworkers are individuals from their voting precinct that have volunteered to work at their local polling location on Election Day.
The basic responsibilities of a pollworker are to check voters in on Election Day so that they may vote. They also help maintain a safe, secure and efficient voting system at the precinct on Election Day.
Every polling place should be staffed by a minimum of five (5) pollworkers. A team of pollworkers at a precinct consists of a Judge of Election, two (2) Inspectors and usually two (2) clerks (sometimes larger precincts need more clerks to help staff the location).
There are two elections every year, Primary elections are always held on the third Tuesday in the month of May, except during a Presidential year, in which case the primary is held on the fourth Tuesday in April. General and Municipal elections are scheduled for the Tuesday following the first Monday in the month of November.
The Judge of Election and both inspectors are required to work full day shifts. A full day runs from about 6:00AM until about 9:30PM on Election Day. Clerks can choose to work full day or half day shifts.
The benefits of being a pollworker are ever expanding, but some of the great points are: serving your community, meeting your neighbors, making new friends all while getting paid to do it.
Yes, although it is primarily a volunteer position the pollworkers are compensated for their respective shifts each election as well as for attending the provided training classes.
If you are a registered voter in Chester County you are eligible to be a pollworker. Elected officials cannot hold another elected position or work for any state, county or other government organization. They also cannot be a member of any local boards.
The Judge of Election and two Inspectors are elected positions. Every four years candidates for these positions must submit a petition to get on the ballot. The clerks are not elected, they are appointed by the Inspectors.
The political parties and Voter Services must then see that these positions are filled by appointment.
We are always looking for volunteers to work the polls, especially those who are willing to travel to other precincts. Contact us at 610-344-6410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes we do. Usually our training starts about six weeks before each election. We offer classes that deal with many different aspects of the process at varying times throughout each week (even nights and weekends).
Yes, students of good standing who are 17 years or older may serve as clerks or machine operators. The student must complete the Student Authorization Form and hav eit signed by both the school and their parents. This forms needs to be turned in to Voter Services before the next election.
Yes, as long as the Committee person does not engage in any political activity while the polls are open and acts in a nonpartisan manner in all dealings inside the polls.