Work at the Polls on Election Day! The Town of Amherst is seeking applications to work at polling locations throughout the Town. Easily apply online at www.amherstma.gov/jobs
Who can be an election worker?
Just about everyone! We have senior citizens, baby-boomers, professionals, self-employed individuals and those that are retired. This creates a highly diverse workforce. We are also looking for workers who, in addition to being fluent in English, can also speak other languages.
You are eligible if you:
• Are registered to vote in Massachusetts,
• Be available to work Election Day from 6 am to 8 pm,
• Be able to read and write in English and speak clearly,
• Do not hold an elected office or are not the employee of an elected official,
• Enjoy interaction with the public and
• Are detail-oriented, dedicated, efficient, patient, friendly and able to take direction well and not easily distracted.
When are Election days?
• 2020 Election Calendar Dates:
*Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - Presidential Primary
*Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - State Primary
*Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - General Election
What are the hours?
Polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on Election Day. Early voting hours vary from election to election.
• 6 am to 1 pm
• 1 pm to 8 pm
• 6 am to 8 pm
Are election workers paid?
Election workers are paid for the days they work during the election process. Training compensation is also provided.
Title Level/Step 2019 Level/Step 2020
Election Worker Level 3/Step 1 $12.00 Level 3/Step 5 $12.87
Election Clerk Level 3/Step 4 $12.44 Level 3/Step 6 $13.26
Election Warden Level 3/Step 6 $13.26 Level 3/Step 7 $13.66
Compensation paid for services are taxable to election workers; however, they aren’t subject to income tax withholding under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 3401(a). However, Section 3402(p) allows employers and employees to enter into voluntary agreements to withhold income tax from wages for services performed. Election workers may request this voluntary income tax withholding by completing and giving the employer a Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate.
WHAT ARE THE ELECTION WORKER POSITIONS?
Inspectors perform election duties under the direction of the Warden/Clerk, including but not limited to, checking voters’ names at the Check-In and Check-Out Tables and handing ballots to voters.
The Clerk keeps a record of all facts relating to the election proceedings and notes any unusual happenings during the conduct of the election. The Clerk assumes the responsibilities of the Warden in the Warden’s absence.
The Warden is the Chief Election Officer at the polling place with responsibility for supervising and monitoring the work of the other election officers. The Warden maintains order, prevents interference with the voting process, insures that all required materials are available, assists voters, and oversees the accurate completion of all election forms.