Louisiana has been fortunate to have dedicated poll workers who have served for years; however, we must recruit and train thousands of poll workers across the state every election and for emergencies like we are facing today with COVID-19. You can help!
You just need to meet a few requirements to be selected:
Be a registered voter in Louisiana;
Be able to perform the essential duties of a poll worker;
Attend a course of instruction as required; and
Not be a candidate in the election.
You may also serve if you are at least 17 years of age and a high school senior or older, or if you are registered to vote in another state and are a student at an institution of higher learning. Trained poll workers can earn up to $200 an election after attending the pre-election course of instruction and passing the test. The job isn’t complicated, and anyone who has worked at the polls will tell you it’s one of the most rewarding ways you can help your community!
It’s easy to help your community:
You will attend a training class to learn how to be a poll worker.
On election day, you will help set up the polling place before voters arrive. (Start time will be given to you by your clerk of court, but is generally 30 minutes to an hour before the polls open).
You will open the polls. For July 11, 2020 and August 15, 2020, polls open at 7:00 a.m.
You will check voters in at the polling place and allow them to cast their votes.
You will close the polls at the end of election day. Polls close at 8:00 p.m., but all voters in line at 8:00 p.m. are allowed to cast their vote.
On the day you are scheduled to work, you must:
Provide your own transportation to and from your assigned precinct.
Bring your own food, and drinks for the day.
You must remain at the polling place all day. Poll workers are unable to leave the facility.
To become a qualified poll worker, fill out the Poll Worker Application and send it to:
Secretary of State
ATTENTION: Julie Guidroz
P.O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125