Precinct Election Officials Information
The Jasper County Auditor’s Office is looking for interested individuals to work at polling places on Election Day! Would you like to be added to the list of persons interested in serving as a precinct election official to work at the polls on election day? Are you friendly, dependable, civic-minded, and detail-oriented? Apply to be a precinct election worker! No experience is necessary, and training is provided.
More information along with an interest form can be found below.
What does a Precinct Election Official do?
- Set up the polling place and voting equipment before the polls open on election day
- Check that persons meet the qualifications to vote, update registrations, and perform new registrations.
- Check voters in using iPad tablets and issue ballots.
- Instruct voters on how to properly use voting equipment.
- Pack equipment and tally voters that were checked-in.
- Report the votes after the polls close and certify the totals.
- Complete paperwork and clean up polling area.
Requirements and Qualifications of Precinct Election Officials
- Registered to vote in Jasper County, Iowa
- Cannot be a current candidate or closely related to any opposed candidate on the ballot.
- Accept and adhere to Election Official Oath.
- Must be able to work well with others with a customer service focus.
- Learn, understand, follow and be able to explain election laws.
- High attention to detail with reading, listening, and observation skills.
- Basic proficiency with iPads or tablets.
- The ability to work a full day (6 a.m. - 10 p.m.) without leaving the polling place (breaks are scheduled).
- Complete required 1-2 hour training classes.
- Communicate effectively and efficiently with the Auditor’s Office.
Training & Hours
In-Person training is required prior to ALL elections. Dates and times for training will be given when you receive notification about working an election. On election day your day will start at your assigned polling location at 6:00 am and end between 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The polls open at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm statewide. Workers must remain at the polling location all day with necessary scheduled breaks included.
- Precinct election officials are currently paid $12.00 per hour.
- You will be paid hourly for attending training and hours worked at the polls.
- Mileage is paid to and from in-person training, to and from the polling place, and to and from the Jasper County Courthouse to pick up supplies before the election. Mileage reimbursement is based on the current federal business rate https://www.irs.gov/tax-professionals/standard-mileage-rates
- Typically election workers are paid within 2 weeks after working an election.
- If chosen to work, new hires will be required to complete an I-9 and W-4 for State and Federal Taxes. New hires will need to show two forms of ID -Driver’s License, Social Security Card, Passport, or Birth Certificate.
How will I be notified about working an election?
You will receive notification by email or mail before each election. You may be called to work in any election that may be held within Jasper County. You will most likely be called to work in your own precinct, but you may be asked to work at a different precinct as needed. Polling locations require party balance which may occasionally result in you being assigned to a different polling location than where you vote. Three to eight officials will be assigned per polling location depending on the number of expected voters at that polling place for a particular election. You may not be called to work in every election. If you are unavailable to work in an election, you may decline to work in that election. If our records indicate you have declined to work in multiple consecutive elections you may be removed from our list.
When are Elections Held?
- Elections are always held on Tuesdays.
- City/School Elections are held the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday of November in odd-numbered years.
- Primary Elections are held on the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in June of even-numbered years.
- General Elections are held on the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November of even-numbered years.
- Special Elections may be called at anytime during the year and are held on Tuesdays.
- Polls open at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm statewide.
If you are interested in being a poll worker in Jasper County and have additional questions, please call the Auditor's Office at (641) 792-7016
What does a poll worker do video: https://youtu.be/6PZE0uJy45A