Become a Poll Worker

GENERAL DUTIES

Warden

The Warden is the chief Election Officer at the polling place.  The Warden must work a full day.  The Warden supervises the other election officers before the polls are open, during the election and throughout the closing procedures.  The Warden is responsible for maintaining order and for handling violations of election laws by Voters, Election Officers and others.   The Warden may use police assistance when necessary.  The Warden must make sure that the required materials are available and notices posted in proper places and in quantities dictated by law.  The Warden assigned other personnel to their stations establishes the schedule for breaks, meals and for voting.  The Warden is responsible for keeping unauthorized persons outside the “guard rail” and making sure that no campaigning of any kind – even if not related to the particular election that day – occurs inside or within 150 feet of the door to the polling place.  

The Warden sees to it that the polling place is properly arranged, ballot box and tabulator set up and working, voting booths set up and in place (including one booth for handicap voters).  They are responsible for handling voters whose names are not on the Voting List, voters whose names are on the Inactive List and voters not found on any list – offered a provisional ballot.

The Warden must ensure that while he/she is absent from the polling place, one or more of the Election officers can take charge and thoroughly familiar with all the responsibilities.  They make sure that the ballots, specimen ballots and instruction cards are not tampered with and that no unauthorized information is given out. The only figure that may be given out during the election is the number of people who have voted.  

The Warden is responsible for making sure that all the election forms are properly filled out and that all materials are packed in the proper containers for return to Town Hall by the Police Office at the end of the day.

Clerk

The Clerk is the keeper of all facts relating to the proceedings of the election required by law to be recorded.  The Clerk notes any unusual happenings such as Provisional Ballots, voting machine problems, etc.  The Clerk is responsible for maintaining the Election Record and for filling out forms relating to the number of ballots received and processed, the number of voters per hour and attendance and hours worked by poll workers.

The Clerk assist the Warden and performs other duties assigned by the Warden.

Checkers

Checkers are assigned duties by the Warden.  It is suggested that Checkers alternate duties during the day and that all are available during rush hours.

The two checkers are assigned to the Check-In table at the entrance of the polling place.  One checker checks off and announces out loud the name of each voter, the address and in a Primary, the political chosen.  The other checker hands the ballot to the voter and directs voter to a voting booth.  In a Primary, there will be a different ballot for each political party.  It is extremely important that “Unenrolled” voters state out loud the party of their choice and that they be handed the proper ballot.  Voters enrolled in a party may only vote the ballot of their party in a Primary.

One checker will be assigned to supervise the ballot box and report any problems.  Do not look at the voter’s ballot.  Ballots can be inserted any way the voter chooses.

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants must be registered voters.  Must have the ability to work with the public in a professional and friendly way.  Must pay close attention to detail and observe all election laws under the direction of the Warden and/or Town Clerk.

HOURS

FULL DAY – 6:00 am – CLOSING (usually 9 pm)

HALF DAY – 6:00 am to 2:00 pm or 2:00 pm to CLOSING

PAY

WARDEN - $255.91

CLERK/DEPUTY WARDEN - $213.26

INSPECTOR FULL DAY - $168.48

INSPECTOR HALF DAY - $84.24

HOW TO APPLY

Send email along with application to townclerk@winchester.us

APPLICATION:

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