Election Workers FAQ

What is an Election Worker?

Election Workers are highly trained individuals who are active voters, serving their community and local government proudly.  Election Workers interact with the public and are able to work well in stressful situations. 

What are the requirements to become an Election Worker?

  • Be a registered voter in Osceola County, or eligible to register.
  • Be able to speak, read and write the English language.
  • You must attend a mandatory orientation session prior to working at the polls.  Attendance/completion does not guarantee that you will work, only that you are on the active Election worker list.
  • Be able to work a long 14+ hour day. (You may not leave and return to the polling location)
  • Must attend mandatory training before each election worked.
  • Be present on Election Day from 5:45 AM until all the work is complete after the closing of the polls at 7 PM.  All workers leave together.
  • You may not serve as an Election Worker if you are an immediate family member of a candidate or are actively working on a candidate's campaign.
  • Remain non-partisan in what is said and worn on Election Day.
  • Physical requirements include standing, bending, stooping, lifting, up to 30 pounds, normal vision and manual/physical dexterity.
  • Must be a responsible team player.
  • Enjoy working with all types of people.

What positions are available at the polls on Election Day?

Clerk:

  • Manages the operations of the polling place in accordance with Florida law
  • Communicates with the Elections Office to resolve voter eligibility questions
  • Picks up supplies prior to Election Day
  • Returns required election materials to the Elections Office on Election night
  • Communicate and coordinate with the election workers at their polling location.

Voter Information Specialist:

  • Processes the appropriate forms to update the record of an eligible voter
  • Communicates with the Elections Office to resolve voter eligibility questions
  • Processes voters at check-in using an electronic pollbook

Technical Support Operator:

  • Assists voters using the tabulation equipment and hands out "I Voted" stickers
  • Uploads results on Election Night
  • Must be comfortable working with electronic equipment
  • Responsible for setup, maintenance, and breakdown of voting equipment
  • Provide Tech support at polling location

EViD Operator:

  • Processes voters at check-in using an electronic poll book
  • Issue ballots to qualified voters
  • Directs voters with eligibility questions to the Voter Information Specialist

Poll Deputy:

  • Greet & assists voters entering and exiting the polling room
  • Monitors the 150 ft No Solicitation Zone
  • Maintains order at the polling location and ensure that all political activity outside meets legal requirements

Is it a paid Position?

Yes, this is a paid position with the Supervisor of Elections office.  Compensation is based on the position that you work.  You can earn $175-$350 on election day.  You will also receive compensation for training.

  • No compensation is available for Election Worker orientation sessions.

Is training required?

Yes.  Florida election laws require that all Election Workers attend mandatory training prior to each election. (Minimum 2 hours) Training hours vary according to the position that you are filling.  Online training is also required after the in-person training.

Is there a test?

Yes, at orientation, each potential Election worker must pass a short basic skills assessment that measures the ability to do simple arithmetic and alphabetizing.  At the completion of training, Election Workers must also pass a quiz to measure their understanding of the duties of the position that they have been trained to fill on Election Day.

How will I know where I will work?

You will be notified by the Supervisor of Elections office of your assignment through email.  Election Worker assignments are based on experience, party balance, home precinct, work history from prior elections.  We will always try to keep you close to your home precinct, but you must be willing to travel to other polling locations.

If I am working, how will I vote?

Election Workers working outside of their home precinct should request a Vote by Mail ballot and return it before Election Day.  Election Workers are also able to vote early at one of our early voting locations.