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Although the average service for a Poll worker is 14 to 15 hours on Election Day, the rewards to you and the community are immeasurable. The polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm. You would be required to arrive between 5 am and 5:30 am to prepare voting materials. Closing the polls and related duties take about an hour and your service would conclude around 8 pm.
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You will be assigned to a polling place based on where there are critical shortages of workers. Poll workers are either assigned to a polling location:
Election Poll workers, as well as all voters, are encouraged to participate in the accurate convenience of Voting by Mail or Voting Early.
Yes. Students aged 16+ can be clerk Poll workers on election day with permission of parents and school. There are no other age requirements except you must be an eligible (registered voter at the time of the election). For information on voter registration, please see our website.
Poll workers should dress in business casual clothing. Ripped or dirty clothing is not acceptable. No sweatpants, sweatshirts, flip-flops, or blue jeans. Polling places can vary in temperature, so we recommend layers. Poll workers may not wear any clothing that supports or opposes a political party, candidate, or ballot question.
Yes. Timing will depend upon the flow of voters. You are not able to leave the polling location so we recommend bringing food, drinks, and snacks. Many vote centers participate in potlucks.
You may use your cell phone during your breaks and lunchtime only. Cell phones should be turned off or on mute the rest of the time. We do require you to step outside the polling location to use a phone.
You will receive a check in the mail approximately a month after the election.
The State requires party balance at all polling sites. We attempt to staff an equal number of Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, and Independent Poll workers at each site.
A new application is required for each election cycle (approximately every two years). The application form can be filled out and submitted online. You don't have to print and mail it.
Cochise County uses 17 Vote Center located strategically around the county where people live and work. Voters are not assigned a Precinct location and can vote anywhere they choose to on Election Day.
Voters check-in and show identification to a Poll worker who logs them into an e-pollbook. We no longer use paper rosters. The voter is printed a blank ballot card and directed to a touch screen voting machine. The card is inserted, the voter makes their selections (and corrections if necessary) and the card is printed out for the voter to insert into the onsite tabulation equipment. Pre-printed ballots are not available at the Vote Center. All votes must be cast on the machines.