Are efficient and fair elections important to you? Would you like to serve your community, meet your neighbors, and help preserve the sanctity of the right to vote? The Board of Elections is seeking personable, energetic people of integrity to staff the polls. If this sounds like you, then we have a place for you on Election Day! The following is provided to answer some of the more frequently asked questions.
Come in person to the Chatham County Board of Elections office, located at 1117 Eisenhower Drive, Suite F, with your Georgia
Driver's License or other appropriate picture identification. Our office is open Monday through Friday, from 8am to 5pm. While in the office you will complete the application
package, including a consent form for the required background check, and a Form W-4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. We will contact you approximately one month prior
to any election.
If you have not been contacted prior to an election, be sure to call and let us know that you are available.
Yes, you will be required to complete in-class training and assigned assessments prior to each Primary and General Election. This is mandatory for all Poll Workers. New laws and procedures are constantly being introduced, and required paperwork frequently changes. If you work the full day at the poll on Election Day, your pay will include payment for your training.
As a new Poll Worker, you will begin as a Poll Clerk. All Poll Clerks receive $165 per election, plus $40 training pay. As you progress you may be eligible for a promotion to a higher poll position. You will be paid by check at the end of the work day or within the following weeks. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT IN ORDER TO RECEIVE TRAINING PAY, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE ALL OF YOUR ASSIGNED TRAINING FOR THE ELECTION AND YOU MUST WORK THE ENTIRE DAY ON ELECTION DAY.
Poll workers are not able to leave their assigned polling place during Election Day. Unless you happen to be assigned to the precinct in which you are registered to vote, we encourage all of our Poll Workers to request an Absentee Ballot or take advantage of early voting. Each Poll Worker is placed by the Board of Elections staff, where needed, on a "one election at a time" basis, and there are no guarantees that you will be assigned to a poll in every election, or to the precinct in which you live, or that your next assignment will be the same as your last. Please call (912) 790-1520 for information about getting an Absentee Ballot.
Dress should be tastefully casual and comfortable. Jeans must be clean with no holes. Tee shirts, hats, flip-flops, sweat suits or clothing with references to candidates, campaigns, or political parties are not allowed. Since you may be required to stand part of the day, wear comfortable shoes.
Each polling site varies as to the accommodations. Some have refrigerators and microwaves. Others do not. Your manager can instruct you on this. You’re advised to pack lunch, snacks, and drinks for the day. There will be a designated place for you to enjoy your lunch and breaks.
The discussion of politics within the polling place is prohibited, including but not limited to discussion of candidates, campaigns, or political parties.
Working as a Poll Worker can be a fun, rewarding experience. Please remember that this is serious and important, and it allows citizens to practice one of our most cherished freedoms. Attention to detail is critical. If you have questions or concerns about procedures or situations, please do not hesitate to call the Elections Office at (912) 201-4375