The Jackson County Board of Election Commissioners requires many election workers for the five elections offered to our entities each year. The Board has many faithful election workers who we see on all available election days, but we are always in need of more help. Most who dedicate their time on Election Day find they make many new friends and feel they have contributed to their community by helping with the election process. If you are interested in working, please fill out the questionnaire for the position you would like to work on election day.
An election worker must be a registered voter in the jurisdiction of the election authority for which he or she is appointed. Each election worker shall be a person of good repute and character who can speak, read and write the English language. No person shall serve as an election worker at any polling place in which his or her name or the name of a relative, within the second degree by consanguinity or affinity [blood or marriage relation], appears on the ballot. However, no relative of any unopposed candidate shall be disqualified from serving as an election worker in any election jurisdiction of the state. No election worker shall, during his or her term of office, hold any other public office, other than as a member of a political party committee or township office, except any person who is an employee of the State of Missouri or who is appointed to or employed by a board or commission of a political subdivision or special district may serve as an election worker except at a polling place where such political subdivision or special district has an issue or candidate on the ballot.
2014 Election Work Descriptions
An Election Judge must "Rise and Shine" to be at their polling place by 5:00 a.m. to unstrap voting machines, break seals on machines, assemble supplies including precinct registers and ballots to ready the poll to open promptly at 6:00 a.m. for voting from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Each judge will rotate duties with the other judges in the poll greeting voters, verifying names and addresses and issuing ballots. Then at 7:00 p.m. the team of judges close the poll, open the ballot box, count the ballots and prepare them for delivery to the counting center.
Election Judges are required to work in pairs, representing the two major political parties, Democrats and Republicans, and therefore you will be asked to choose which party you want to represent. Attendance to an assigned training session is required before each election. If you would like to be an Election Judge, please print and complete the Election Judge Questionnaire form, and mail the completed form to our office.
Election Judge Pay is as follows:
Supervisor Judge - $165.00
Regular Judge - $145.00
Standby Judge - $40.00
Judge Training - $35.00
Deputies are dedicated people who hit the streets at 5:00 a.m. to visit the polls. They are an extension of the staff of the Jackson County Board of Election Commissioners. Their prime responsibilities are to assist Election Judges with voter problems, replenish election supplies in the polls and render support to the judges on Election Day. Each team visits approximately ten different polls four times during the day. Most of the deputies serve as pick-up teams after the polls close, transporting the ballot carriers from the remote parts of the county to the office in Independence. Others are assigned to night duties at the Election Board office. Each Deputy is assigned to attend a required training session one week prior to each election. If you would like to be a Deputy, please print and complete the Election Worker Questionnaire form, and mail the form to our office.
Deputy Pay is as follows:
Deputy-Day - $110.00
Deputy-Night - $40.00
Deputy Training - $35.00
Deputy-Pickup - $10.00
Mileage - $ 0.555 per mile
Office Day Workers
Office Day Workers arrive at the Election Board Office at 5:00 a.m. and work until the ballots are tabulated, usually around 9:30 p.m. Typical duties assigned to Office Workers include (but not inclusive) answering phone questions from the public and election poll Judges, counting Absentee ballots, receiving ballot carriers, and preparing ballots for counting. Office Day Workers are required to attend a training session prior to Election Day so that they may better serve the callers. If you would like to be an Office Day Worker, please print and complete the Election Worker Questionnaire form, and mail the form to our office.
Office Day Worker Pay is as follows:
5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. - $130.00
7:00 p.m. to dismissal (usually by 9:30 p.m.) - $40.00
Office Worker Training - $35.00
Office Night Workers
Office Night Workers arrive at the Election Board office around 6:45 p.m. and work until all ballots are tabulated, usually around 9:30 p.m. They perform various duties from transporting ballot carriers to preparing the ballots for counting. There is an equal number of Republicans and Democrats working in teams participating in the process. No training is necessary, as all new election workers have a teammate who has served as a Election Worker before. All Office Night Workers are paid $40.00 for their service. If you would like to be an Office Night Worker, please print and complete the Election Worker Questionnaire form, and mail the form to our office.
The E-Pollbook Judge arrives at their assigned poll location at 5:00 a.m. and works until the poll is closed by the Election Judges on Election Day. The duties include laptop and printer setup, usage to “check-in” voters and shutdown, as well as assisting the Election Judges with other poll equipment setup and tear-down. The E-Pollbook Judge also assists voters with registration changes, directing voters to correct polls, processing incoming text messages and preparing provisional ballot envelopes. The ideal E-Pollbook Judge will demonstrate these abilities and skills:
great communication skills and a friendly personality,
learn quickly and follow instructions,
computer operation skills, and
neat and accurate forms completion
The E-Pollbook Judge must feel comfortable with using a laptop in their primary duty of checking in voters. E-Pollbook Judges are required to work in pairs, representing the two major political parties, Democrats and Republicans, and therefore you will be asked to choose which party you want to represent. Attendance to an assigned training session is required before each election. If you would like to be an E-Pollbook Judge, please print and complete the E-Pollbook Judge Questionnaire form, and mail the form to our office.
E-Pollbook Judges Pay is as follows:
E-Judge - $165.00
Standy E-Judge - $40.00
E-Judge Training - $35.00