JOIN OUR TEAM

The Sarasota County supervisor of elections employs approximately 1,000 workers for early voting and at the polls on election day. Our poll workers are active voters who serve their community with pride.  They are trained to provide a high level of customer service and to resolve any challenges that may arise on election day.  All poll workers must meet basic requirements as described below. If you would like to join our team, please read through the following carefully and familiarize yourself with the various poll worker positions and training expectations. 

 

Requirements

To be a poll worker, one must:

  • be a registered voter of Sarasota County (or be at least 16 years of age and pre-registered to vote)
  • read, write and speak English
  • be able to sit or stand for long periods
  • be able to start work at 6:00 a.m. and work 14 hours on election day
  • be able to lift up to 40 pounds with another poll worker
  • have reliable transportation
  • have an email address and access to a computer and the internet
  • successfully complete all training and assessments prior to each election
  • remain nonpartisan while at the polls
  • refrain from any comments or discussion concerning a voter, a voter’s party preference, a candidate, or issue, while working at the polls
  • dress in business casual attire at the polls
  • always treat everyone with dignity and respect
  • understand as a poll worker you may not be assigned to work each election or assigned to the same precinct or position for each election
  • attend training prior to each election


Training

Poll workers are required by law to complete training prior to each election. Below is the training schedule for the 2021 elections. 

City of North Port and Holiday Park: March 9, 2021 - Training Period: February, 2021
City of Venice General Election: November 2, 2021 - Training Period: October, 2021

Poll workers are paid a total of $160 to $275 per election. A poll worker must attend training and work at the poll to receive compensation.

 

Positions

All poll workers must complete the required training, and plan to work at their assigned polling places on election day from 6:00 a.m. until the last voter has voted, closing procedures have been completed, and they are dismissed by the clerk. Some poll workers will also help set up their assigned polling places the day before the election.

The clerk oversees the polling place and staff. He/she is responsible for ensuring election law is followed at the precinct on election day. The clerk opens and closes the polls and is responsible for delivering election supplies to the precinct and returning them to the elections office at the end of election day. The clerk and assistant clerk communicate with the elections office to resolve voter issues.

The assistant clerk assists the clerk, assumes responsibility for the polling place if the clerk is unavailable, helps to oversee the polling room operation, performs voting system opening and closing procedures with the clerk, and may also act as an inspector to assist voters.

The inspector sets up the electronic poll books and registration table, processes voters, issues ballots, instructs the voter on how to cast the ballot and ensures that the ballot is accepted by the ballot scanner/tabulator.

The deputy maintains order outside the polling place and, with the clerk, designates and ensures compliance with the no solicitation zone, ensures that the polling room is accessible to all voters and issues “I Voted” stickers. 


How to Apply

The online application process will take 15-20 minutes. Just complete the application below and then watch your email for communication from our office.  


 

Please complete this application and click CONTINUE to apply for a position as an Election Worker. If you have any trouble with your electronic request, please call our office for assistance, Thank you.

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By clicking on the Continue button below, I certify that the foregoing answers are true, that I have read and understand the foregoing, that I have no physical disabilities that would hinder my performance at the polls, that I am now a registered voter in this County and I can read and write the English language as required by Florida State Law.

Please note: After completing this application and the orientation process, you will become part of our pool of prospective poll workers. Your name will remain active until you request that it be removed. Not all poll workers work every election. The number of poll workers for each election is determined by the size of the election and the expected turnout. Poll workers are chosen to work a specific election by their availability, willingness to travel, and the number of workers needed. While we like to keep an election board constant throughout an election cycle, this often cannot be done.

Ron Turner, Supervisor of Elections, Sarasota County
EMAIL: rturner@sarasotavotes.gov • OFFICE HOURS: M-F, 8:30 AM - 5 PM • MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 4194 Sarasota, FL 34230-4194
SARASOTA OFFICE
Terrace Building
101 S. Washington Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34236

PHONE: (941) 861-8600
FAX: (941) 861-8609

VENICE OFFICE
Robert L. Anderson Administration Building
4000 Tamiami Trail S., Rm 114
Venice, FL 34293

PHONE: (941) 861-3760
FAX: (941) 861-3770

NORTH PORT OFFICE
Biscayne Plaza
13640 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287

PHONE: (941) 423-9540
FAX: (941) 423-9256

PLEASE NOTE: Under Florida law, email addresses are public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing. Florida Statute 668.6076.