What does a poll worker do?
Poll workers manage the voting process in precincts on election day. Their duties include verifying voter credentials, issuing ballots to voters, maintaining accountability of voting equipment and ballots, and ensuring all applicable election laws are followed in the voting precinct. The Poll Managers' Handbook and online training videos provide more detailed information regarding poll worker duties.
Who can be a poll worker?
Poll workers are also referred to as poll managers, poll clerks or--in a broader context--managers of election. To be a poll worker requires the individual to be a registered voter in the county, or adjacent county, of the precinct in which he or she works. Additionally 16- and 17-year-olds may work as a poll manager's assistant pending completion of training as required by law.
How do I become a poll worker?
Individuals who would like to become a poll worker in Beaufort County should complete the Poll Worker Interest Form. New poll workers will be assigned to attend an unpaid initial training session, and will then be placed on our poll manager roster and offered online poll manager training as well. Commissioners of the Board of Elections and Registration select poll workers from the list of trained workers to man the precincts on election day.
Do poll workers get paid?
Yes, poll workers are paid for their services. Generally poll managers in South Carolina are paid $60 per day by the state for a total of $120 per election ($60 for election day plus $60 for training). Clerks receive an additional day's pay at $60/day for a total of $180. Poll managers are paid to attend a training session.