Election workers are officials who staff local polling places, administer election procedures and ensure the rights of voters are protected on Election Day. Serving as an election worker provides an opportunity to learn about the election process and is a great service to our community.
Duties of an Election Worker
Check in registered voters.
Register new voters.
Demonstrate how to use voting equipment.
Assist elderly and disabled voters, if requested.
Open and close the polling place.
Required Qualifications of an Election Worker
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Must be a citizen of the United States of America.
Must be able to read, write and speak English.
Must be eligible to vote in South Dakota.
You cannot serve at an election where your spouse, parent, child, or sibling is a candidate.
Desired Qualifications of an Election Worker
Ability to communicate clearly with voters.
Comfortable with assisting and serving a diverse population.
Ability to remain impartial and not exert influence over voters.
Attention to detail.
Students who are 18 years of age are encouraged to serve as election workers.
Election School is a required 2-hour long training class held the day prior to the election. The School covers basic provisions of the SD Election Law, election procedures, operating the electronic pollbooks, and related topics.
Days and Hours of Work
Workers are asked to work from 6:00 a.m. to approximately 9:00 p.m., or whenever closing activities are finished on Election Day.