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 270 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.
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.
POLL WORKER 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, closing procedures have been completed, and you are dismissed by the clerk. Most poll workers will also help set up their polling place the day before the election. (Poll workers who help with set up receive a small additional stipend.)
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.
A 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.
To be a poll worker you must:
- 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 (Not public 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.
For additional information, call the Poll Worker Department at (813) 744-5855 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.