Were you aware that it takes more than 300 people to run the polls in Greenwood County on Election Day during countywide elections?

With what promises to be a very hectic 2020 election season, we are now in the process of recruiting poll workers.

What does a poll worker do?

Poll workers assist voters in their polling locations on Election Day. Their duties include verifying voter credentials, marking poll lists, activating ballot marking devices, ensuring that voters are properly scanning their ballots and other duties as assigned by the poll manager.

What does a poll manager do?

The poll manager is responsible for picking up the equipment the day before the election, setting up the polls and returning the equipment to our office once the polls have closed. A poll manager oversees the poll workers, assigns duties, maintains order in the polling location, ensures voting equipment and ballots are secure at all times and ensures that all applicable election laws are followed.

You can access more detailed information regarding poll worker and poll manager duties on our website, as well as review the Poll Managers’ Handbook and poll worker training videos. This information is also available on scvotes.org

The requirements to work the polls in South Carolina are as follows:

To be a poll worker, you must be a registered voter in South Carolina.

Sixteen- and 17-year-olds can also work the polls. They are compensated at the same pay rate as adults.

To be a manager, you must be a registered voter in Greenwood County or an adjoining county – Abbeville, Edgefield, Laurens, McCormick, or Saluda counties.

Attend a mandated poll worker training class before each election. You can take the training online or in-person depending on your preference. Classes are about 2 hours long.

Be willing and able to work the entire day of the election, from about 6:30 a.m. until about 7:30 p.m.

You will be paid for working the polls on Election Day. Poll workers are compensated at a rate of $135 for Election Day work – $60 for training and $75 for Election Day. Poll managers are compensated at a rate of $195 for Election Day work – $60 for training and $135 for Election Day. In the case of a runoff, the rate of pay for a poll worker would be $180 since no additional training will be offered. The rate of pay for a poll manager would be $330 since no additional training will be offered. Payroll checks for working the polls typically go in the mail within a week after each election. If there is a runoff, only one check will be issued within a week after the runoff.

If you are interested in being a poll worker, and you meet the requirements listed above, complete the poll worker survey form on the page of the Greenwood County website and either fax or email the form back. You can also apply in our office or email us at vote.greenwood@elections.sc.gov and we can email you the paperwork which consists of an application, forms for the SC Retirement System and a W-4 form.

The Greenwood County Voter Registration & Elections Office is at 600 Monument St., Suite 113. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 942-8585. The website address is greenwoodsc.gov

Moody is director of Voter Registration & Elections for Greenwood County.