Every election, be it a special election for cities or schools, a primary for the nominating process, or a general election for President, Franklin County uses the services of election workers to help make the election process run smoothly. Below are some questions and answers about what it takes to be an election worker and the duties involved.
What? When? & Where?
Board Worker - This is a workforce of usually 20 to 24 people depending on the size of the election and level of voter participation. Board workers open mail ballots after signatures have been verified. They check for write-in candidates and torn or damaged ballots. They make sure the ballots are placed in the correct batches and precincts. Work begins 18 days before the Election and continues intermittently up to 15-21 days after an election. In most cases, they work 5 hours a day but can be required to work evenings and weekends. All work is performed at the Franklin County Election Center located at 116 N 3rd Ave in Pasco.
The current pay is minimum wage.
What Training is Needed?
Election board workers are required by law to attend an instruction class. Training classes are given the Friday before every election and last about 1 hour. Attendees are compensated for attending the class.
Who is eligible?
An applicant must be registered to vote and maintain voter eligibility and:
- Be able to communicate in English;
- Have good handwriting or printing;
- Eyesight and hearing must be correctable to normal ranges;
- have transportation to and from the Election Center and training classes;
- Must be able to work varying hours, work schedule will vary based on need.
• Employment at Franklin County is contingent upon the results of a background check.
If you are interested in working in elections, please visit the Employment Opportunities page to view the complete posting and application instructions.