Election workers needed

COUNTY — The Pickens County Registration and Elections Commission is seeking to build a pool of applicants interested in serving as election workers (poll managers and clerks) at voting precincts throughout Pickens County for elections that will occur this year and beyond.

Election workers have a unique opportunity to serve their community, meet their neighbors, and become involved in the democratic process.

Election worker responsibilities include opening and closing the voting precinct, processing voters on laptop computers, ballot distribution, activation of the voting system, compliance with election laws and procedures, and general assistance to voters.

Registered voters interested in serving as election workers should call (864) 898-5948 or (864) 898-5949 or send an email to to register to attend an election worker application session to complete the necessary paperwork. Staff will be on hand to guide you through the application process. Election workers will be appointed from this pool of applicants. Attending a session and completing the paper work does not guarantee you will be selected to be an election worker for any specific election. Election worker application sessions will be held Feb. 5, 6, 10, 13, and 18. Sessions will last approximately 90 minutes.

Multiple sessions will be held each day, so you should be able to register for a session that fits into your schedule. Please note that the election worker application sessions are not training classes and no one will be paid for attending.

In order to serve as an election worker, you must:

1. Be a registered voter in Pickens County or an adjoining county (Anderson, Greenville, or Oconee Counties); OR be aged 16 or 17. (Sixteen and 17 year olds are compensated at the same pay rate as adults.)

2. Attend a Poll Manager Training Class before each election. Classes are three hours in length.

3. Be willing and able to work the entire Election Day, from approximately 5:45 a.m. until approximately 8 p.m.

4. Be non-partisan and neutral when working an election.

5. Not be related to or work for any candidate on the ballot in your assigned precinct.

Identification Needed When Applying

Please bring one of the sets of identification below with you to the session:

• US passport (this will be the only identification needed if you bring this)

• SC Driver’s License and Birth Certificate

• SC Driver’s License and Social Security Card

The above are just the most common identification used; contact the Registration and Elections office for other possibilities if you do not have any of the above combination of documents.