The most common misconception about election workers is that they are volunteers. This isn’t true! Did you know that every election cycle we hire around 500 workers to make our elections happen? These election workers are regular people from all over our county who spend time every two years or so for training and to work at any of our 40 polling locations on Election Day. Election workers also staff our 6 early voting locations. The most important requirement to become an election worker is that you are a registered voter. If you are unsure as to whether you are registered or not, you can always check your voter status on our website, www.voteosceola.com.
In order to become an election worker you must first fill out an application on our website. It can be found under the election workers tab. This application will let us know that you are interested. Our election worker specialist compiles a list of everyone who has submitted an application. As we approach our next orientation session, you will receive an invitation to attend one of our election worker orientation sessions. These sessions are meant to give everyone an idea of what to expect when you are an election worker and to decide if the position is right for you. There is no obligation to work if you find the position isn’t a good fit.
Next, chosen workers are asked to come to training sessions. These sessions are to ensure that every worker knows exactly what their responsibilities are and have a chance to practice using our equipment. Also, Florida law requires that training take place prior to each Election Day. The training sessions include lots of hands-on experience and conclude with a test to be sure you are understanding the material and to check our team to know if the training sessions are meeting their objectives. Election workers who pass their class are asked to work on Election Day and, if they are available, to work during the early voting window. Early voting can last anywhere from eight days to two weeks.
Our office also offers a special fundraising option for election workers. If your group or organization would like to adopt one of our precincts (which means staff it with workers), you can earn money. These workers get the same kind of training that regular workers get but rather than bring home a paycheck, their money is donated to your group. This beats a bake sale any day!
Without election workers Election Day would not be possible. We are consistently receiving positive feedback about our election workers. Tammy Smith says, “After every election, we receive comment cards back from voters who tell us how knowledgeable, helpful and friendly our election workers are. Osceola County is extremely fortunate to have such dedicated and competent people serving our voters.” Please consider performing this civic duty and fill out your application today!
For more information about adopting a precinct, contact our election worker specialist Tammy Smith at 407-742-6105.