Poll Worker Information
What is a Poll Worker?
Poll Workers are the backbone of our election system. Being a Poll Worker is an enjoyable and rewarding way to take an active part in our free democratic process and earn money at the same time. This trusted position is ideal for anyone who would like to get a firsthand look at how our system works to provide citizens their opportunity to vote. Many Poll Workers serve year after year for the experience of being an integral part of the election process.
On Election Day, Poll Workers welcome all voters, facilitate voting, conduct precinct operations in accordance with election law, and follow defined procedures. We encourage you to become a Glynn County Poll Worker.
What are the Qualifications?
- You must be a U.S. citizen; a resident of the county where you will be working; 16 years of age or over; able to read, write and speak the English language; and have no felony convictions.
- A poll worker cannot be a candidate for public office or hold a public office, other than a political party office, while serving as a poll worker.
- A parent, spouse, child, brother, sister, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law of a candidate cannot serve as a poll worker in any precinct where that candidate is listed on the ballot.
The Glynn County Board of Elections & Registration is responsible for selecting and training all poll workers. Training is required before every election except runoff elections and a special election held between a General Primary and a General Election. After training, you will receive a certificate stating that you are qualified to work in an upcoming primary or election. Before the election, the Poll Manager, Assistant Managers, and Clerks at each polling location will take an oath of office together.
Time and Compensation
- All poll workers report to their assigned polling place at 6:00 a.m., and the chief manager declares the poll officially open at 7:00 a.m. Although the polls close at 7:00 p.m., poll workers stay until all the ballots have been accounted for and all materials have been packed away.
- Poll workers are paid for their services. Poll workers are also paid for each training class. Poll Managers and Assistant Managers receive additional pay for increased responsibilities.
Attention: High School and College Students
The Glynn County Elections & Registration office invites all eligible high school and college students to serve as a poll worker. It’s a great opportunity to get an inside look at American democracy in action and earn money. Georgia law allows high school students 16 years of age or over to work as a poll worker. You must be a United States citizen and a resident of Glynn County. If you are interested in working at the polls on Election Day, contact your school principal or the Elections office at 912-554-7060
Early Voting, also known as Absentee-In Person Voting, is different than a regular election day. Any eligible voter can vote at any open Early Voting location. Poll workers issue absentee ballots and are responsible for reconciling every ballot in the state database. Early voting runs for three weeks before election day including at least one Saturday and, beginning in 2020, extended hours on Mondays. Poll workers will be expected to serve the full three weeks. Glynn County is a tobacco free organization and there is no smoking at early voting locations. Early voting poll worker positions are limited and will be selected based on qualifications and the staffing needs of each location.
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