The Callaway County Clerk’s Office is seeking applications from registered voters to work at polling locations throughout the county. Poll workers are hired to assist in providing a fair and honest election and to provide customer service to the voters on Election Day. Poll workers are usually scheduled to work in their home precincts or at a precinct nearby.
- You must be available on Election Day from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Poll workers are paid $110.00 for Election Day.
- All poll workers will receive $30 for training.*
- Poll workers must have a source of reliable transportation.
- Poll workers not immediately assigned will be scheduled as positions become available.
- Individuals are also needed to serve on a standby basis for Election Day.
For further information, please call (573)642-0730 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Also you can check out the Frequently Asked Questions below.
If you are interested in serving at the polls on Election Day, please complete an online poll worker application.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is expected of me as a Poll Worker?
A: Those selected to serve as Poll Workers are expected to represent the County Clerk’s Office in a professional manner by giving prompt professional services to every voter. Poll workers must also follow election laws and rules and remain unbiased with Election Day Issues and candidates.
Q: What would prohibit me from working as a Poll Worker?
A: You cannot work an election where you have a close relative who is a candidate on the ballot. However, you may work in a different part of the county where your relative is not running for an office.
Q: Why do I have to declare a party affiliation?
A: State law 115.081 requires party affiliation for Election Judges in order to maintain a politically even polling place staff. If you choose Independent, you will be asked to represent a party.
Q: Where do I go for training?
A: Training is usually held at the Callaway County Extension Office meeting room in Fulton approximately two weeks before each election. Specific details will be included in your assignment letter if you are pulled in to work during a specific Election.
Q: What if I can’t work on Election Day after all?
A: Please contact our office immediately so we can assign a replacement. You will receive $10 for training if you don’t work on Election Day.
Q: What are the hours I am expected to work?
A: Every Poll Worker must arrive at their assigned polling place no later than 5:45 am. and work until the poll is closed and equipment packed away which is approximately 7:30 pm.
Q: Can I work a half day on Election Day?
A: We do not offer the option of working a half day.
Q: Where will I be working on Election Day?
A: We make every effort to place you as close to your home as possible.
Q: Will I be paid for mileage?
A: We do pay mileage for those who are asked to work at a polling place not listed as one of their main choices.
Q: Can I work with my friend who is already a Poll Worker?
A: If you have a friend that is currently working, we will make every effort to place you at the same location.
Q: Will I continue to work with the same group of people in the future?
A: We do try to keep the same working group together.
Q: When do we break for lunch?
A: Every worker is entitled to have a one hour lunch break. For high turnout elections, we recommend that you bring all food and medicine needed throughout the day.
Q: When should I expect my Election Day pay?
A: It takes approximately 3 to 4 days after the Election Day to process payroll.