Introduction

An opportunity to serve your community and earn some money!

The Department needs about 2,400 registered voters to work in polling places for the 2014 General Election. Fewer are needed for the Primary, we will not know the number until we know which offices are on the Primary ballot. There are also opportunities to work during school elections.

You can serve your community and participate in the electoral process!

Delaware lets 16 and 17 year-old high school students work as Election Officers. Get information on our Student Poll Worker Page or contact Cara Carter or by phone: (302) 577-5069.

Join the Election Officer Team by filling out and sending an Election Officer Application letters pdf in a red background to the Department or calling (302) 577-3464.

Qualifications

  • Resident of New Castle County;
  • Registered to vote in Delaware, or a high school student who is 16 or 17; and
  • Complete three hours of training before each election.

Election Officer Pay

Primary & General Elections:

  • Inspector: $235
  • Judges: $195
  • Clerks: $190

School Elections:

  • Inspector: $200
  • Judges: $175
  • Clerks: $175

Work schedule

Primary & General Elections

  • Arrive at 6 a.m. in order to open the polls at 7 a.m.
  • The polls close at 8 p.m., but Election Officers stay until the work is done - usually about 9:30 p.m.
  • Election Officers work all day, there are no split shifts.

School Elections

  • Arrive at 9 a.m. in order to open the polls at 10 a.m.
  • The polls close at 8 p.m., but Election Officers stay until the work is done - usually about 9 p.m.
  • Election Officers work all day, there are no split shifts.

Election Officer responsibilities & duties

Inspector

  • Attend training before each election to learn polling site and voting machine procedures.
  • Visit the polling place before Election Day.
  • Pick up needed materials, that are not shipped in a voting machine, from the Department's warehouse before Election Day.
  • Read the Election Officer Manual and other materials received at training and/or were sent to you.
  • Call the Election Officers working with you to confirm that they are working, coordinate meals, etc.
  • Notify the Elections Unit of any problems.
  • Take your manuals, signs, supplies, meals, snacks and beverages to the polling place.
  • Arrive at the polling place on time and with a positive attitude.
  • Open the polling place and set-up the voting machines.
  • Direct the other Election Officers to set-up the polling place and install signs.
  • Open the polls to voters at the scheduled time.
  • Supervise/manage the processing of voters.
  • Willingly, in a friendly and professional manner, assist voters who ask for or need it.
  • Coordinate with the Department of Elections as needed.
  • With the Judges, decide challenges and other issues.
  • Close the polls. Close the doors to the polling place at the official closing time, but let voters in line at the official closing time to vote.
  • Close the voting machines and send a Clerk with the Memory Cartridge Pouch to the right Zone Reporting Station.
  • Return election supplies to a designated drop-off point immediately after closing the polling place and releasing the remaining Election Officers.

Judges

  • Attend training before each election to learn polling site and voting machine procedures.
  • Read the Election Officer Manual, other materials received at training and/or were sent to you.
  • Take your manuals, supplies, meals, snacks and beverages to the polling place.
  • Arrive at the polling place on time and with a positive attitude.
  • Help the Inspector setup the voting machines and polling place.
  • With the Inspector, decide challenges and other issues.
  • Process voters and/or operate a voting machine.
  • Help voters who ask for or need it.
  • Work at the Update Table.
  • Help close the polls, close the voting machines and pack election supplies.
  • Other duties assigned by the Inspector.

Clerks

  • Attend training before each election to learn polling site and voting machine procedures.
  • Read the Election Officer Manual, other materials received at training and/or were sent to you.
  • Take your manuals, supplies, meals, snacks and beverages to the polling place.
  • Arrive at the polling place on time and with a positive attitude.
  • Help the Inspector setup the voting machines and polling place.
  • Process voters and/or operate a voting machine.
  • Help voters who ask for or need it.
  • Work at the Update Table.
  • Help close the polls, close the voting machines and pack-up election supplies.
  • If asked, take the Memory Cartridge Envelope to the right Zone Reporting Station.
  • Other duties assigned by the Inspector.

Training

The success or failure of any election depends on the Election Officers who serve in polling places on Election Day. They must be aware of Federal and State election laws, and the importance of providing non-partisan customer service as part of a team of fellow citizens. Training is vital. We take it very seriously and expect our Election Officers to do the same.

  • The Delaware Code requires training before each election
  • Classes run about 3 hours and consist of lecture and hands-on sessions
  • The Department provides a manual and checklist for each worker that they need to use on Election Day
  • Most training is in the Training Center at our warehouse and some classes are at the Carvel State Office Building
  • Workers are assigned to a specific class but may call and reschedule a more convenient day or time
  • The number of classes depends on the size of the election and include daytime, evening and weekend options.
  • Training Schedule:
    • 2014 School Board Elections - not available at this time
    • 2014 Primary Election - not available at this time
    • 2014 General Election - not available at this time