Poll Worker Requirements
To be a Poll Worker in Lee County, you must:
- Be a registered voter in Lee County
- Read, write, and speak the English language
- Have an email address
- Be able to lift 15-30 lbs
- Be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time
- Complete a mandatory online training class and attend a hands-on training class at the Elections Center before each election
- Have dependable transportation
- Serve the public in a courteous, patient, and efficient manner
- Be nonpartisan on Election Day
- Be able to work a minimum of 14 hours
- Abide by a no smoking policy at the polls
Positions available for the 2020 elections:
Register Inspector ‐ Verifies that voters have the required identification and checks voters into the precinct using an electronic poll book.
Ballot Inspector - Issues ballots to voters
Voter Assistance Inspector - Assists voters who request assistance in voting. (To apply for this position, it is preferred that you can read and write English and Spanish fluently, but it is not required.)
Precinct Deputy ‐ Stationed outside the polling room, responsible for maintaining order at the polls.
All poll workers are responsible for setting up and disassembling the polling room on Election Day. Poll workers work under the general direction of the Clerk assigned to their precinct on Election Day.
What happens after I submit a Poll Worker Interest application?
A staff member from the Poll Worker Department will contact you to set up a brief interview. The interview will take approximately thirty (30) minutes, and will be conducted at the Lee County Elections Center, 13180 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers.
If you are selected to work, you will receive an Assignment Notice in the mail just before the election. The notice will provide the following information:
- How to access your online training class
- The date and time of your training class at the Elections Center
- The position you are assigned to work
- The precinct you are assigned to work at on Election Day
Important information regarding Poll Worker Training: Florida state law requires that all poll workers complete the mandatory training for the position they are assigned to work before EACH election. After you are assigned to work, you must complete the online training class AND attend your scheduled hands-on training class at the Elections Center, or you will not be permitted to work.
How much money will I earn?
Deputies and Inspectors are paid $200 (per election) for Election Day service and completing the required training classes.