WHAT DOES A PRECINCT OFFICIAL DO? Set up the polling place before the polls open Set up the voting equipment Check that persons are qualified to vote Operate computers Close the polling place Report the votes electronically after the polls close and certify the totals Complete paperwork and clean up polling area
HOW AM I NOTIFIED ABOUT WORKING THE ELECTION?You will receive notification by email, phone, or mail before each election. You may not be called for every election, since there are several workers per party in each precinct and we rotate workers between elections. You may be called upon to work in any election that may be held in the county. You will most likely be called to work in your own precinct, but you may be asked to work at a another precinct if needed elsewhere.
As an Election Official, you may decline to work an election for which you are unavailable. If you decline to work multiple times without a specific reason, you may be removed from our list.
REQUIREMENTS Registered to vote in Linn County A majority of PEOs at each polling place must be balanced between registered Democrats and Republicans. Libertarian, Green, and No Party voters are also encouraged to work. Must not be a current candidate or closely related to any opposed candidate on the ballot. Have energy and stamina for the long hours Have good reading and listening skills and legible handwriting Enjoy people and service to others Able to work as a Team Member Follow and explain election laws Willing to attend a training class
TRAININGA training course is provided before each election. The course will be held no later than three days before the election. You will be compensated for the training. Training is mandatory prior to the Primary and General Elections.
COMPENSATIONPrecinct election officials are paid $200 per day. Chairpersons are paid $250 per day. All officials are also paid $10 per hour for attending training prior to the election. Mileage is paid to and from the school of instruction and to and from the polling place. Mileage reimbursement is based on the current federal rate. Payment for working an election is made 2-5 weeks after the election. If you are chosen to work, you will need to provide a social security number to receive payment. You will also be asked to sign up for ACH direct deposit.
WHEN ARE THE ELECTIONS HELD?Elections are always held on TUESDAY. The Primary Election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June of even-numbered years. The General Election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years. Polls are open 7 AM to 9 PM statewide. Starting in 2019, School and City Elections are combined and held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. Special Elections may be called at anytime during the year and are held on Tuesday. These are open 7 AM to 8 PM.