With what promises to be a hectic election season fast approaching, we are in the process of recruiting poll workers.
Were you aware that it takes over 300 people to run the polls in Greenwood County on Election Day during countywide elections?
What does a poll worker do?
Poll workers assist voters in the precincts on Election Day. Their duties include: verifying voter credentials, issuing ballots, ensuring accountability of voting equipment and ballots, and other duties as assigned by the poll manager.
What does a poll manager do?
The poll manager is responsible for picking up the equipment the day before the election, setting up the polls and returning the equipment to our office once the polls have closed. A poll manager oversees the poll workers, maintains order in the polling location and ensures that all applicable election laws are enforced.
You can access more detailed information regarding poll worker and poll manager duties on our website at www.greenwoodsc.gov as well as review the Poll Managers' Handbook and poll worker training videos. The information is also available on the State Election Commission website at scvotes.org.
The requirements to work the polls are as follows:
- Be a registered voter in active status in Greenwood County or an adjoining county (Abbeville, Edgefield, Laurens, McCormick, or Saluda Counties).
- Be age 16 or 17. (Sixteen and seventeen year-olds are compensated at the same pay rate of pay as adults.)
- Attend a mandated poll manager training class before EACH election. Training classes are offered online or in-person depending on your preference. The classes last approximately two hours.
- Be willing and able to work the ENTIRE day of the election, from approximately 6:30 AM until approximately 7:30 PM.
You may be wondering if you will be compensated for your service on Election Day. The answer is yes, you will be paid for working the polls. Poll workers are compensated at a rate of $135.00 for working on the day of the election ($60.00 for training and $75.00 for Election Day). Poll Managers are compensated at a rate of $195.00 for working on the day of the election ($60 for training, $135.00 for Election Day). In the case of a runoff, the total rate of pay for a poll worker for both days would be $195.00 since no additional training will be offered. The rate of pay for a manager would be $330.00. Payroll checks for working the polls are typically mailed within 2 to 3 weeks after the election. If there is a runoff, only one check will be issued within two weeks after the runoff.
If you are interested in being a poll worker or a poll manager, and you meet the requirements listed, simply complete the poll worker paperwork on our page of the Greenwood County website and either fax or email the paperwork to us. We can also email, fax or mail you the paperwork via the USPS upon request or you can visit our office to complete the paperwork. We look forward to having you as a part of our team.
The Greenwood County Voter Registration & Elections Office is located at 600 Monument Street, Suite 113. Our office hours are 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday. The phone number is 942-8585. Our website address is greenwoodsc.gov.