Brunswick County Precinct Officials
2020 General Election Recruitment
Did you know it takes hundreds of dedicated precinct officials to operate Brunswick County polling places each election? These people are your friends, co-workers and neighbors who give 2–3 days of paid service to ensure you are able to cast your ballot on Election Day. We need your help too! If you have ever wanted to learn more about elections or what it takes to be a poll worker, join us for Poll Worker Orientation! This will serve as your introduction to the election process and what to expect when serving as a poll worker; and, it is the first step to becoming a precinct official! Because of the current situation with the Coronavirus pandemic, we are introducing virtual orientation sessions in addition to offering in-person (limited seating) sessions.
Poll Worker Orientation
There are five upcoming sessions scheduled for Orientation – two will be in-person and three will be held online. Because of the current situation with the Coronavirus pandemic, the capacity for in-person attendance will be limited. If you choose to attend online orientation, the use of a desktop or laptop computer is required; not all features will be available to tablet and mobile users.
WHEN: (you will only choose one)
June 16, 2020, 10 am – 12 pm, In-Person (capped at 25 people), This session will be held in the County Commissioner’s Chambers at the Government Complex.
June 16, 2020, 2 pm – 4 pm, Online
July 15, 2020, 6 pm – 8 pm, Online
July 16, 2020, 10 am – 12 pm, Online
July 16, 2020, 2 pm – 4 pm, In-Person (capped at 25 people), This session will be held in the County Commissioner’s Chambers at the Government Complex.
You can register for an in-person session by clicking the link below:
Register for an online session by clicking the link below:
You must attend one of these orientation sessions to remain on our list of potential poll workers. Attendance at one of these sessions is required to be invited for further training and assigned to work during one-stop early voting or on election day.
Are you qualified?
There is a lot involved in being a poll worker—training, time and knowledge!
A poll worker must:
- Be 18 and a registered voter in Brunswick County
- Have great communication and customer service skills
- Not currently be an office-holder, candidate or near relative of a candidate, or treasurer of an open committee
- Not currently be an official of a political party, including precinct party officials
- Be able to work the entire day on Election Day—6:00 am until at least 8:30 pm—this may involve sitting or standing for extended periods of time
- Have moderate computer skills—we use electronic poll books and online learning!
- Have an active, individual, regularly checked email account—we rely on electronic communication!
- Attend orientation and successfully complete online learning and computer readiness class
Benefits you receive:
- Money! (direct deposit is required)
- Earn at least $150 for Election Day
- Paid training provided
- Have a better understanding of the elections process
- Serve your community
- Add experience to resumes and school applications
Election Day Precinct Officials
The Election Day polling place management team consists of one chief judge and two judges. These three individuals are recommended by the county political parties and are appointed to 2-year terms that begin in August of odd-numbered years.
- CHIEF JUDGE: The chief judge is in charge of the polling place. He/she is typically of the same political party as the governor.
- JUDGES: The two election judges assist the chief judge. There is typically one judge from each major political party.
- ASSISTANTS: In addition to the 3-person management team, the success of the polling place also depends on election assistants. Assistants perform various, vital functions in the polling place under the direction of the chief judge. The number of assistants varies depending on the anticipated turnout for each election.
Election day shifts begin and 6:00 am and usually end around 8:30 pm (once all votes have been counted and documents signed). To serve on Election Day you must be able to work the whole day.
For a list of appointed precinct officials for 2019 – 2021, click here.
One-Stop Early Voting Officials
The time frame for One-Stop voting is the third Thursday before an election through the Saturday before an election. The shifts for One-Stop voting are anywhere from 7-9 hours depending on the election.