Poll Worker Information

Qualifications to be a Poll Worker

  • Must be a registered voter (Democrat or Republican)
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Oneida County Resident
  • Cannot hold a public office or be running for public office in the district where you will be working or be the spouse, parent or child of a such person
  • Speak, read and write the English Language
  • Must attend an official training class offered by the Board of Elections
  • Must pass a Training Exam each year to be re-certified

Poll Site Coordinator Responsibilities

  • Arrive on time at your polling site on Election Day
    • 11:15 A.M. for a Primary Election  and 5:15 A.M. for the General Election
  • Prepare the polling site for voting
  • Accounting for and distributing all the day’s election supplies
  • Contacting the Board of Elections with any questions, concerns or issues
  • Open and close of the polls correctly and on time
  • Operation of Optical Scan Voting Systems
  • Maintain order at the polling site
  • Ensuring that all required forms are filled out completely and accurately in pen
  • Announcing vote results at the end of the night and assist in filling in Statement of Canvass
  • Making sure payroll sheets are signed and all supplies are returned to the Election Supply Bags
  • Deliver Zero Tape, Results Tape and Machine Data Card (from each Voting Machine) to the designated Regional Site
    • Deliver the Election Supply Bags to either the Board of Elections or the designated Regional Site
    • Attend a training class every year

Poll Inspector Responsibilities

  • Arrive on time at your polling site on Election Day
    • 11:15 A.M. for a Primary Election  and 5:15 A.M. for the General Election
  • Organize Election Day supplies
  • Help Poll Site Coordinators set-up and maintain the physical layout of the polling site
  • Assist in Opening and Closing the Optical Scan Voting System
  • Process qualified voters
  • Rotate tasks and share the work
  • Complete all necessary paperwork
  • Canvass and report the results
  • Help maintain order at the polling site
  • Follow all Board of Election Procedures
  • Attend a training class every year