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Volunteer to work the polls

Posted by: Hannah Thomas
Posted: August 11, 2020

To be a poll worker in Marion County, you must meet the following requirements:

  • be a registered voter of Marion County (exception: high school students)
  • attend training provided by the election board
  • work a full day (inspector) or half day (clerk/judge)
  • have access to transportation
    Submit the online application if you meet the minimum qualifications listed above and want to work in the next election. You can review the types of poll worker positions available below.

If you are a high school student, complete the online application and submit the permission form for the student poll worker program.

Poll worker positions

The Inspector is the leader of the vote center. Responsibilities include ensuring the polling place location opens and closes on time, issuing challenges, overseeing the accounting of ballots and assisting the clerks in their duties. Inspectors should arrive at the polling location by 5 a.m. in order to open the site with the help of other pollworkers by 6 a.m. Inspectors earn $150 to work the entire Election Day, with an additional $50 to attend training and pick-up and drop-off supplies.

Clerks greet voters, check a voter’s ID, operate the electronic pollbooks, activate voting machines, issue challenges, assist voters with disabilities and aid with the accounting of ballots. Clerks should arrive at the polling location by 5 a.m. to help set up the polling location. One clerk of the opposite political party of the Inspector is expected to travel with the Inspector when returning the sealed ballot box to the regional site. Clerks earn $80 for a full-day of work, with an additional $20 to attend training. Clerks earn $40 for a half-day of work, with an additional $10 to attend training.

Student poll worker program Indiana law permits eligible high school students to serve as a clerk. As a student poll worker, you must be at least 16, get permission from a parent/guardian and your school, and earn at least a 3.0 GPA (or equivalent). Many high schools coordinate student poll workers, so check with your government teacher or school principal before contacting us. You’ll have the same responsibilities as adult poll workers and get paid $80 for a full day (+ $20 for training) or $40 for a half day (+ $10 for training).

A bipartisan team of counters separates absentee ballots from paperwork. As a counter, you will check precinct verification, poll worker initials, and other requirements. Then your team will put the ballots in an envelope for a high-speed ballot counter. A second team will witness the machine counting the ballots and record the final number.

To be a counter, contact the Marion County Election Board by phone, email, or visiting the office. For more information, see the instruction sheet.

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