TN 3 (08-10)

SL 60001.621 Election workers


Election workers are workers hired by the state or local government who earn a set fee for each day of work. In order to be considered employees, election workers are subject to a degree of direction and control.


A. Definitions relating to election work

An election worker is someone hired by the state or local government to monitor, preside over, officiate, or assist in public elections. An election worker is only employed during election periods, earns a set fee for each day of work, and may be called to duty at a polling station or at a counting center.

Postal voting or Vote-by-Mail describes the method of voting in an election whereby paper ballots are distributed to voters and/or returned to the government by mail, instead of ballots being cast in person at a polling station or electronically via an electronic voting system.

Absentee voting is the process by which a person is permitted to vote by mail because of absence from the usual voting district, illness, or the like.

Early voting differs from absentee voting in that voters may visit an election official’s office or, other satellite voting locations, and cast a vote in person without offering an explanation for not being able to vote on Election Day.

B. Duties of an election worker

The duties of an election worker may include one or more of the following:

  • Assist the Supervising Judge and share responsibility for the operation of the polling station;

  • Greet voters, assist at the registration book and/or card encoder machine, accompany each voter to a voting machine, verify voter receipt information, and collect voter cards;

  • Assist the Supervising Judge in opening and closing the polling station;

  • Open envelopes, sort and prepare postal votes or vote-by-mail ballots for counting;

  • Count postal votes or vote-by-mail and/or absentee ballots if necessary;

  • Operate vote tally machines, and

  • Seal and store postal votes or vote-by-mail ballots.

C. Extending coverage to election workers

Election workers who count paper postal or vote-by-mail ballots at counting centers or at any other facility are due the same coverage or exclusion provisions (SL 30001.357) deemed for election workers who assist with balloting at the actual polling stations (Section 218 (c) (8) of the Social Security Act).

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SL 60001.621 - Election workers - 08/13/2010
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