Poll Workers

Would you like to be a poll worker on Election Day?
To find out more call the voter registration office at 260-248-3164 or contact the party chairman of your choice.  You must contact one of the Party Chairpersons to become a poll worker. 
Ben Romine (btromine@gmail.com- Republican
There are 5-7 poll worker positions for each location;  1 Republican Inspector, 1 Democratic Judge, 1 Republican Judge, 1 Democratic Poll Clerk and 1 Republican Poll Clerk.  Some locations will have 1 Democratic Assistant Poll Clerk and 1 Republican Assistant Poll Clerk. 
Their duties include:
  • Oversees Election
  • Responsible for completing ALL forms and envelopes
  • Get in touch with other workers in your precinct to make sure they know they are responsible for their own food for the day
  • Responsible for Poll list
  • Contact Polling Place to find out when it will be available for set up
  • Get key
  • Check on handicap parking, tables, chairs, outlets, and telephone.  (Some polling places will need to get handicap signs to designate parking)
  • Check on location of restrooms
  • Arrange room for best traffic flow and privacy for voters
  • Post literature
  • Issue Provisional Ballots, as necessary
  • Check Photo Identification if Inspector is unavailable
  • Assist Voter if necessary being careful not to offend
  • Activate machines for voters
  • Make sure to select correct ballot style on machine using blue ballot choice card. (Primary Election Only)
  • Democrat Judge will administer Oath to the Inspector in the morning
Poll Clerk
  • Both clerks are responsible for Signature List
  • Get Voter Identification Number (if necessary)
  • Ask for Proof of Residency (if necessary)
  • Give voter ballot choice card; Republican, Democrat, Republican-17, Democrat-17 (Primary Election);  Precinct (General Election)
Assistant Poll Clerk
  • Shares duties of Poll Clerk
  • Assists where needed
  • Cannot initial ballots
  • Cannot activate machines for voters
Poll workers are required by law to attend one training session every election.  Training sessions for the 2018 General Election are as follows:
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
They are held in the Whitley County Government Center, Lower Level, Room B, 220 W Van Buren St, Columbia City, IN.

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