Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  What is a Poll Worker?

A. Poll Workers are United States Citizens who have registered to vote in Washoe County. They give their valuable time by working at community polling places on Election Day so their fellow citizens can exercise their voting rights. There are four poll worker positions; see the requirements for each position below.

Q.  Who can work at the polls?

A. Any United States citizen registered to vote in Washoe County.

Q.  Are poll workers paid employees of the Registrar of Voters?

A. Poll workers are volunteers, not employees. They are not paid wages, but are given a stipend to offset the anticipated expenses of their service, including meals, travel costs and training. Poll workers are mailed a check approximately 4 weeks after the election. Because poll workers are not employees, they are not entitled to unemployment compensation after their service is completed. (If a poll worker earns more than $600 in a year, the County will send an IRS Form 1099-MISC for tax reporting purposes.)

 Q.  What are the hours of work?

A. 5:45 a.m. to approximately 10:00 p.m. on Election Day. Workers have two forty-five minute meal breaks as scheduled by the Manager. 

Q.  Can poll workers work part of the day?

A. Poll workers serve the entire day.

Q.  What are the responsibilities of a/an
MANAGER?
  •  Complete required training both in-person and on-line
  •  Contact poll owner and all team members to arrange a time to set up the polls
  •  Meet with polling place site personnel
  •  Set-up and test election equipment at polls on "election-eve"
  •  Open and close polls, including accurate documentation of Edge vote counts
  •  Operation of Edge Touch Screens and printers
  •  Ensure fast and accurate voter processing
  •  Resolve conflicts with voters in a professional matter
  •  Coordinate worker duties and lunch and break times
  •  Remain on the polling place grounds throughout Election Day
  •  Use personal cell phone for communications ($5 added to compensation)
  •  Drop off "Critical Supplies" at the end of Election Day at the Election Office

$135 Compensation is paid for attending training and working Election Day

ASSISTANT MANAGER?
  • Complete required training both in-person and on-line
  • Set-up and test election equipment at polls on "election-eve"
  • Assist Manager with opening and closing the polls including accurate documentation of Edge vote counts
  • Operation of Edge Touch Screens and printers
  • Ensure fast and accurate voter processing
  • Resolve conflicts with voters in a professional manner
  • Assist Manager with oversight of Polling Place and Staff
  • Remain on the polling place grounds throughout Election Day
  • Assist with return of all "critical supplies" at end of Election Day

$125 Compensation for attending training and working Election Day

INTAKE SPECIALIST? 
  • Complete required training both in-person and on-line  (Intake Specialist must have strong computer experience)
  • Set up of Intake Specialist Station for voter processing
  • Access voter registration data on computer by scanning voter's bar code on Sample Ballot or typing in voter's name & date of birth
  • Determine if voter is eligible and also in his/her assigned polling place
  • Issue required forms, answer voter questions and direct voters to correct Roster Station
  • At end of Election Day, assist with balancing of vote counts with signatures in roster
  • Complete prescribed steps to close the polls for the Intake Station
  • Assist Manager and Assistant Manager with all other closing duties as requested
  • Remain on the polling place grounds throughout Election Day

 $110 Compensation for attending training and working Election Day

ROSTER SPECIALIST
  • Complete required training both in-person and on-line
  • Set up of Roster Specialist Station for voter processing
  • Issue required forms and collect any completed forms
  • Assist voter with signing roster
  • Activate voter card by scanning the roster label
  • Direct voters to Edges to vote
  • Collect deactivated voter cards and touch screen pencils
  • Issue "I Voted" stickers
  • At end of Election Day balance Edge vote counts with signatures in roster
  • Assist Manager and Assistant Manager with all other closing duties as requested
  • Remain on the polling place grounds throughout Election Day

 $110 Compensation for attending training and working Election Day

Interested in becoming a volunteer poll worker?  CLICK HERE to apply.