Poll workers needed for Nov. 6 election
The Board of Election Commissioners of St. Louis County is in need of election Poll Workers to staff its 450 polling places for county elections throughout the year, including the upcoming general election. In order to serve, you must declare one of the two major political parties and be a registered voter in Missouri.
This is a paid position, and includes a required training class as well as working from 5 a.m. until after the polls close at 7 p.m. on Election Day.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is expected of me as a Poll Worker?
A: Those selected to serve as Poll Workers are expected to represent the Board of Elections in a professional manner by giving prompt professional services to every voter. Poll workers must also follow election laws and rules and remain unbiased with Election Day Issues and candidates.
Q: I am a person with a disability can I still be a Poll Worker?
A: Yes you can. Please keep in mind the extended hours that you will need to work on Election Day. Call (314) 615-1865 to discuss which position would be best suited for you.
Q: What would prohibit me from working as a Poll Worker?
A: You cannot work an election where you have a close relative who is a candidate on the ballot. However, you may work in a different part of the county where your relative is not running for an office.
Q: I do not have a car. Is that a problem?
A: We strongly recommend that you have your own form of reliable transportation. Public transit services may not be running at the time you need to get to your assigned location.
Q: Why do I have to declare a party affiliation?
A: State law 115.081 requires party affiliation for Poll Workers.
Q: Where do I go for training?
A: Training is performed at our office in Maplewood. We offer classes at convenient times Monday through Friday plus some Saturdays. We have free parking at our office and are located just off the Sunnen Metrolink station.
Q: Will I be paid for training?
A: Yes. Pay ranges from $30 to $65 depending on what position you are assigned to at the polls.
Q: How much will I be paid as a Poll Worker?
A: Pay varies based on your assigned position. Pay ranges from $100 to $130.
Q: What are the hours I am expected to work?
A: Every Poll Worker must arrive at their assigned polling place no later than 5:00 am. and work until the poll is closed and equipment packed away.
Q: Can I work a half day on Election Day?
A: We do not offer the option of working a half day.
Q: Where will I be working on Election Day?
A: We make every effort to place you as close to your home as possible.
Q: Will I be paid for mileage?
A: We do pay mileage for those who travel 10 miles or more on Election Day to their polling place.
Q: Can I work with my friend who is already a Poll Worker?
A: If you have a friend that is currently working, we will make every effort to place you at the same location.
Q: Will I continue to work with the same group of people in the future?
A: We do try to keep the same working group together.
Q: When do we break for lunch?
A: Every worker is entitled to have a one hour lunch break. For high turnout elections, we recommend that you bring your lunch. Your polling place supervisor will determine the lunch breaks.
Q: When should I expect my Election Day pay?
A: It takes approximately three to four weeks after the Election Day to process payroll.
Apply online at www.stlouisco.com/YourGovernment/Elections/PollWorkers or by calling (314) 615-1865.