If you would be interested in working at the polls on November 3rd, we have opened a signup sheet to allow you to indicate your preferences for position, location, and hours, which you can complete at this link. Having a cross-section of Fairfield residents working at the polls helps build our community, provides important election security benefits, and helps ensure a successful civic event that is welcoming to everyone. We would welcome you to join our team of pollworkers, and encourage you to sign up.
Because we have had an outpouring of interest in working at the polls, there are a few important things you should know:
- If you work at the polls, you cannot do any political campaign work on Election Day for any candidate or party. While we hire to ensure a party balance among pollworkers, we also require everyone working at the polls to conduct themselves in a strictly nonpartisan manner.
- The positions are paid, from $200-$350 for full-day positions, with lower amounts starting at $15/hour for partial shifts.
- If you are appointed to work, you will be required to attend a pre-election training session in the two weeks before the election. We will notify you of scheduled classes with your appointment notice.
- We preferentially hire people willing to work a full shift over those only willing to work a half-day; we will be more likely to find an appointment if you list a broader range of locations, positions, and times that you are willing to work.
For your reference, a brief description of the different positions is listed below.
- Moderator: The Moderator is the chief official at the polling place, the Moderator is required to obtain state certification (which our office can arrange) and to work the full day.
- Assistant Registrar: Assistant Registrars are party-matched officials who oversee necessary voter paperwork inside the polling place, including Election Day registration. They also must work the full day. Also note that unlike every other position, the Assistant Registrar is required to be a registered voter in the town where they are working (we can't hire people who live in other towns or are under 18 for this specific role.) If you are appointed as an Assistant Registrar, we will have you come in to train on specialized software that you will be using on election day, so it would be helpful if you are comfortable with computers in general.
- Official Checkers: These workers look up each voter that arrives on the official checklist, confirming each person's eligibility before allowing them to receive a ballot. This job can be divided into shifts if necessary, and 16 and 17 year olds may be appointed to serve as Checkers.
- Ballot Clerks: These workers maintain the ballot inventory, providing each voter with a ballot and assisting voters who make mistakes on their ballot. This job can be divided into shifts if necessary, and 16 and 17 year olds are eligible to serve as Ballot Clerks.
- Tabulator Tenders: Normally giving out "I Voted" stickers and helping resolve problems that occur at the ballot counting tabulator, this job can be divided into shifts if necessary, and 16 and 17 year olds are eligible to serve as Tab Tenders.
- Curbside Voting Assistants: If we expect a high volume of curbside voting requests, we may hire additional Assistant Registrars specifically to help voters who wish to vote from their car.
- Absentee Ballot Counters: These workers will be working inside the polling place, but will not interact directly with voters -- AB Counters examine each ballot for disqualifying problems before submitting it to be counted.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office for more information.