The Jackson County Board of Election Commissioners requires many election workers for the five election dates offered in Presidential Election years (February, March, April, August and November) and four election days offered in all other years (February, April, August and November). The Board has many election workers who faithfully work each and every available election, but we are always in need of more help. Most who dedicate their time on Election Day find they make many new friends and feel they have contributed to their community by helping with the election process. If you are interested in working, please fill out the questionnaire for the position which best suits your skill level and interest.
An election worker must be a registered voter in the jurisdiction of the election authority for which he or she is appointed. Each election worker shall be a person of good repute and character who can speak, read and write the English language. No person shall serve as an election worker at any polling place in which his or her name or the name of a relative, within the second degree by consanguinity or affinity [blood or marriage relation], appears on the ballot. However, no relative of any unopposed candidate shall be disqualified from serving as an election worker in any election jurisdiction of the state. No election worker shall, during his or her term of office, hold any other public office, other than as a member of a political party committee or township office, except any person who is an employee of the State of Missouri or who is appointed to or employed by a board or commission of a political subdivision or special district may serve as an election worker except at a polling place where such political subdivision or special district has an issue or candidate on the ballot.
Election Worker Descriptions
Election Poll Workers (Judges)
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Election Poll Workers (Judges) must be at their polling location by 5:00 a.m. to begin the process of preparing the poll for voters and must have the process completed by 6:00 a.m., at which time voting commences. The judges will ready the PBC, ADA and Voting Stations immediately upon arrival at the poll. The judges will unpack all supplies (poll books, ballots and other necessary supplies) following the instructions provided at their training session.
At 7:00 p.m. the team of judges closes the poll following the closing instructions and prepares the necessary items to be returned to their appointed delivery location.
Election Judges are required to work in pairs, representing the two major political parties, Democrats and Republicans, and therefore you will be asked to choose which party you want to represent. Attendance to an assigned training session is required before each election. If you would like to be an Election Poll Worker (Judge), please print and complete the Election Worker/Poll Worker Questionnaire form and email, mail or fax the completed form to our office.
Election Judge Pay is as follows:
Supervisor Judge – $165.00 + $34.00 (Training)
Regular Judge – $145.00 + $34.00 (Training)
Standby Judge – $65.00 + $34.00 (Training)
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Deputies also begin their day at 5:00 a.m., making an initial visit to their assigned polls individually. Once the initial delivery of the blue bag has been made to their polls they meet their partner and serve as a team for the remainder of the day. Each deputy team consists of two individuals representing the two major political parties – Democrat and Republican. Deputies are an extension of the staff of the Jackson County Board of Election Commissioners. Their prime responsibilities are to assist Election Judges with voter problems, replenish election supplies in the polls and render support to the judges on Election Day. Each team visits approximately ten different polls four times during the day. Most of the deputies serve as pick-up teams after the polls close, transporting the ballot carriers from all locations in Eastern Jackson County to the Election Board office in Independence. Others are assigned to night duties at the Election Board office. Each Deputy is assigned to attend a required training session the night before the election. At this training the Deputies will receive all supplies needed for the following day. If you would like to be a Deputy, please print and complete the Election Worker/Poll Worker Questionnaire form and email, mail or fax the form to our office.
Deputy Pay is as follows:
Deputy-Day – $165.00 + $34.00 (Training)
Deputy-Night – $40.00
Standby Deputy – $65.00 + $34.00 (Training)
Deputy Cell Phone Stipend – $10.00
Mileage – $0.575 per mile (or approved rate)
Office Day Workers
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Office Day Workers arrive at the Election Board Office at 5:00 a.m. and work until the ballots are tabulated, usually around 9:30 p.m. Typical duties assigned to Office Workers include (but are not limited to) answering the phone and taking questions from the public and election poll Judges, counting Absentee ballots, receiving ballot carriers and preparing ballots for counting. Office Day Workers are required to attend a training session prior to Election Day so that they may better serve the callers. If you would like to be an Office Day Worker, please print and complete the Election Worker/Poll Worker Questionnaire form and email, mail or fax the form to our office.
Office Day Worker Pay is as follows:
Office Day Worker – $13.00 (Hourly Rate)
Office Night Workers
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Office Night Workers arrive at the Election Board office around 6:45 p.m. and work until all ballots are tabulated, usually around 9:30 p.m. They perform various duties from transporting ballot carriers to preparing the ballots for counting. There is an equal number of Republicans and Democrats working in teams participating in the process. No training is necessary, as all new election workers have a teammate who has served as a Election Worker before. All Office Night Workers are paid $40.00 for their service. If you would like to be an Office Night Worker, please print and complete the Election Worker/Poll Worker Questionnaire form and email, mail or fax the form to our office.
E-Poll Book Judges
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E-Poll Book Judges arrive at their assigned poll location at 5:00 a.m. and work until the poll is closed by the Election Judges on Election Day. Duties include tablet setup, processing voters by checking ID, directing voters to their correct polling location, registering voters and processing text messages, as well as assisting the Election Judges with other poll equipment setup and tear-down. The ideal E-Poll Book Judge will demonstrate these abilities and skills:
- great communication skills and a friendly personality,
- learns quickly and follows instructions,
- computer operation skills, and
- neat and accurate forms completion
E-Poll Book Judges must feel comfortable with using a tablet in their primary duty of checking in voters. E-Poll Book Judges are required to work in pairs, representing the two major political parties, Democrats and Republicans, and therefore you will be asked to choose which party you want to represent. Attendance to an assigned training session is required before each election. If you would like to be an E-Poll Book Judge, please print and complete the Election Worker/Poll Worker Questionnaire form and email, mail or fax the form to our office.
E-Pollbook Judges Pay is as follows:
E-Judge – $165.00 + $34.00 (Training)
Standby E-Judge – $65.00 + $34.00 (Training)
Election Worker Manual [PDF]