10 Things to know to become an election worker
1. Help is needed not only on Election Day (primary and general) but also during advanced voting. Advance voting for the August primary election begins in mid-July. Election workers have opportunities to work at advanced voting sites if they wish.
2. There are a few qualifications to being an election worker. These include being a resident of Johnson County, Kansas and being registered to vote at your current address.
3. Please keep in mind that you can’t be on the ballot or related to anyone on the ballot in the precinct where you are assigned to work at a polling place.
4. Election workers go through a robust, mandatory training. You will get four hours of classroom training and one hour of hands on training, to learn about the voting equipment, terminology and how to help voters through the voting process.
5. Election workers get paid! Currently, those who volunteer to be an election worker are paid $110 a day. An additional $25 is paid once you complete a training program.
6. High school students can volunteer at polling locations on Election Day. Students must be at least 16 years of age at the time of the election in which he or she is serving as a member of a precinct board. They also need to be a United States citizen or a citizen at the time of the election in which he or she is serving as a member of a precinct board. Learn more at jocoelection.org/student-workers.
7. If you volunteer to work on Election Day, you will need to work the whole day. Polling sites are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Workers will need arrive beforehand to help set up the site and work the entire day. Looking for a shorter work day? Ask the Election Office about working during Advance Voting!
8. There are a variety of tasks to do. Some of the roles or tasks you can expect to perform at a polling place include looking up voter names in the Poll Pad (iPad), checking voter ID, setting up voting machines, greeting voters at the door and escorting voters to the voting machines and offering any assistance they need.
9. You’ll get an education, too. The best opportunity to learn about the Johnson County election process is by being an election worker.
10. Learn more and apply now. You can learn more about becoming an election worker and fill out an application at jocoelection.org/election-workers. Also, checkout a recent a JoCo on the Go podcast including Election Commissioner Fred Sherman, and a Johnson County resident who volunteers on Election Day, at jocogov.org/podcast (episode #132).