frequently asked questions

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Will I be paid for working the election?

Yes. You will be paid $150.00 for your hard work. You must complete all three website training videos, attend the in-person review session and participate as a poll worker on Election Day (Nov. 2) in order to receive payment. Payment will be mailed to you within one month after Election Day.

What are the hours?

You must report to your polling place no later than 7:30 a.m., which is 30 minutes before the polls open. You need to plan to stay until after the polls close, which is 8:00p.m., and assist with the logistics of closing down the polling place.

What if I am registered to vote in another state or county?

To be a poll worker in Knox County, you must be registered to vote in Knox County. Once you are registered to vote in Knox County, you will be unable to vote in the county or state you were previously registered in. You can re-register in your home state or county if you wish to do so after the election.

Will transportation be provided?

On Election Day, you will be responsible for your own transportation. If you need transportation to the on-site training at the Baker Center on Oct. 16, let us know in advance by contacting us via the contact page.

What do I need to bring on Election Day?

Dress nicely, but comfortably. If you have one, you are welcome to wear your poll worker t-shirt. Be sure to bring food and beverages that you may want throughout the day. Sometimes there are slow periods during the day, so feel free to bring a book or magazine.

Can anyone work?

  1. You must be a registered voter in Knox County.
  2. Machine Operators must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  3. You must complete the online training.
  4. You must attend the in-person review session at the Baker Center.
  5. Government employees (Federal, State, City or County) cannot be election officials, nor can employees of KUB, CAC, or ORNL. (T.C.A. 2-1-112), School teachers and employees of higher education (UT, Pellissippi) can work.
  6. While there is no law against it, we will not hire close relatives of candidates on the ballot.

Will I be excused from class?

Most faculty members are willing to work with college student poll workers. The Baker Center will provide documentation for students to present to teachers to request to be excused from class.

What will I be expected to do?

You will be expected to set up the polling place, greet voters, check off names on the registry and check identification, ensure that all registered voters get the chance to vote, demonstrate how to use voting machines, ensure the secrecy of each ballet, answer voters' questions, address problems as they arise, and secure machines at the end of the day.

What are the different positions?

Machine Operators
Machine operators help to arrange and set up the voting machines before the polls open. They oversee the operation of the voting machines throughout Election Day and give technical assistance to voters who require it.

The job of the registrar is to determine the eligibility of the voter and to verify his/her signature. Registrars also assist in the set up of the polling place, making sure rosters, pens and all required forms are properly displayed and arranged.

Officer of Elections
The officer is the individual in charge at the polling place and has overall responsibility for every aspect of the election at the precinct level.

Inspectors are the Election Day problem solvers. It's their job to monitor polling places and deliver supplies when needed.

Absentee Assistants
Absentee Assistants travel to assisted living facilities and nursing homes to vote home voters by personal appearance.

Supply Runners
After the polls are closed at 8:00pm and the designated officials begin to return Election Day supplies, supply runners are responsible for the transport of the supplies from the street to the courthouse.