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Positions & requirements

Active poll worker recruitment will begin: August 2019.

What does it take to
run a countywide election here in Hillsborough County? The numbers are impressive: approximately 2,500 poll workers and more than 250 polling places!

Our poll workers are trained individuals who are active voters, serving their community with pride. They interact well with the public and work well in stressful situations.  

If you would like to join our team and become an Election Day poll worker, please read through this section of our website carefully and familiarize yourself with the various poll worker positions and the training you will be expected to complete. It's a bit too early for us to accept poll worker applications for the 2020 elections. In the fall of 2019, a poll worker application will be available on this website.

POSITIONS

All poll workers must complete online and in-class training, and plan to work at their polling place on Election Day from 6 a.m. until the last voter has voted and closing procedures have been completed. Most poll workers will also help set up their polling place the day before the election. Poll workers are paid for training, set-up and working on Election Day.

The Clerk is in charge of the overall management of the tasks, activities and poll workers in the polling place. The Clerk ensures that order is maintained, policies and procedures are followed, and the election team performs its duties correctly on Election Day. 

The Assistant Clerk assists the Clerk and is ready and available to serve as Clerk in the event the Clerk is unable to perform his or her duties. The Assistant Clerk uses an electronic poll book to verify voter information and communicates with the Supervisor of Elections Office to resolve voter eligibility issues. 

An Inspector sets up and maintains our electronic poll books used for voter check-in and our DS200 ballot scanners/tabulators. They also rotate in position to check-in voters using an electronic poll book, issue ballots, instruct voters on where and how to mark and cast their ballot, and hand out our popular "I Voted" stickers. 

Deputy maintains order outside the polling place, assists in marking the no solicitation zone, ensures compliance with the no solicitation zone, and ensures that the polling room is accessible to all voters.

We look forward to working with you! For more information, call the Poll Worker Department at (813) 744-5855, or send an email to PollWorker@hcsoe.org.

REQUIREMENTS

  • be a registered voter in Hillsborough
  • read, write and speak the English language
  • be able to work a 14-hour day, with patience and courtesy to others
  • be able to lift 15 to 30 pounds
  • have an email address and access to a computer and the internet
  • have reliable transportation 
  • successfully complete all training and assessments prior to each election
  • remain nonpartisan while at the polls
  • refrain from any comments or discussion concerning a voter, a voter’s party preference, a candidate, or issue, while working at the polls
  • abide by a no smoking policy on Election Day
  • treat everyone with dignity and respect at all times
  • Understand as a poll worker you may not be assigned to work each election or assigned to the same precinct or position. You serve at will for the Supervisor of Elections.

TRAINING

Poll workers are required by law to complete training prior to each election. Below is a list of elections in 2020 as well as the months we plan to conduct poll worker training preceding the election:

Presidential Preference Primary Election Day: March 17, 2020  Training period: February, 2020
Primary Election Day: August 18, 2020 Training period: July, 2020 
General Election Day: November 3, 2020 Training period: September-October, 2020
 

For additional information, call the Poll Worker Department at (813) 744-5855 or email pollworker@hcsoe.org. 

CONTACT


Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Main Phone: (813) 744-5900 Toll Free: (888) 297-4362 Email: Voter@hcsoe.org

Fred B. Karl County Center (Main Office)

601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 16th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602
Tel: (813) 272-5850
Fax: (813) 272-7043

Robert L. Gilder Elections Service Center

2514 North Falkenburg Rd.
Tampa, FL 33619
Tel: (813) 744-5900
Fax: (813) 744-5843

Northwest Regional Office

4575 Gunn Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33624
 
 

Southeast Regional Office

10020 South U.S. Hwy. 301
Riverview, FL 33578

Please note: Florida has a very broad public records law. Voter registration applications and other written communications to or from the Supervisor of Elections are public records and are available to the public and media upon request unless the information is subject to a specific statutory exemption. Email addresses are also public records. If you do  not want your email address released in response to a public records request, please contact us by mail or phone, or visit us in person. To request public records, contact the communications department by emailing  voter@hcsoe.org or calling (813) 744-5900.