Become an Election Worker
Want to play a vital role in the elections process?
Willing to accept a small payment for this BIG
Decatur County considers applications for Election
Workers on an ongoing basis.
Just complete the brief application form (right).
Qualifications to serve:
* Be registered to vote in Decatur County
* Not be an opposed candidate or closely related to any opposed candidate on the
* Have energy and stamina for a long day
* Enjoy people and service to others
* Willing to attend trainings
Duties of an election worker:
* Attend a training before each election, required for Primary and General
* Arrive at the polling location one hour before polls open to set up the polling place
and voting equipment
* Check that voters are qualified to vote
* Instruct voters how to use the voting equipment
* Close the polling place and report the results after the polls close
* Complete paperwork and clean up polling area
* Election workers are paid $11.00 per hour for their work at the polls and for time
spent at the training session (Precinct Co/Chairs are paid $11.50 per hour for their work at the polls)
* Mileage is also paid (rate varies, as it is set by Board of Supervisors on a semi-annual
When elections are held:
* Elections in Iowa are always held on a Tuesday
* SCHOOL/CITY elections are held on the first Tuesday in November of odd-numbered years.
Polls are open 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
* PRIMARY elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June
of even-numbered years. Polls are open 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. statewide.
* GENERAL elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in
November of even-numbered years. Polls are open 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
* SPECIAL school, city or county elections to fill a vacancy or to vote on a public
measure may be called throughout the year and are also held on Tuesdays.
Why work at the Polls?
Serving as an Election Worker is a truly rewarding experience. It's a great opportunity to get involved. Work full-time but still want to participate? Talk to your employer - much like jury duty, many companies allow for paid time off for their employees who serve as Election Workers. The work is easy - and it's important! Fill out the form (above, right) or contact the Auditor's Office today!