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Becoming a Precinct Election Official

What are the requirements?

  • Successfully complete the PEO Orientation Package from our Forms & Publications webpage.
  • Must be a registered voter in Bay County.
  • Must be able to read and write the English language, and direct voters through the voting process.
  • Must be able to work at least 14.5 hours on Election Days (approximately 5:45 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.),
  • Must have transportation to and from polling place and training classes.
  • Must be able to lift 20 pounds and sit or stand for long periods.
  • All PEO’s are required to attend a 1 hour Sensitivity and Conflict Resolution class each Election Cycle.
  • All PEO’s are required to attend training specific to the position assigned prior to each Election.
  • Clerks, Assistant Clerks and AutoMARK Specialists (PEO Leadership) are required to attend a one-time 6 hour certification class.
  • All other training may vary from 1 hour to 3 hours depending on the position assigned.

What Precinct Election Official positions are available?

  • Clerk- in charge of the polling place on Election Day; also assists M100 Tabulator Specialist with opening the M100 Tabulator Voting System.
  • Assistant Clerk- opens AutoMARK System in collaboration with AutoMARK Specialist; also in charge of the polling place in the absence of the Clerk on Election Day.
  • AutoMARK Specialist- opens AutoMark Voting System in collaboration with Assistant Clerk; also assists with AutoMark voter issues and serves in other positions as assigned by the Clerk.
  • BCS Specialist- opens the M100 Tabulator Voting System in collaboration with Clerk; also assists voters with issues which may arise when message appears on screen of M100 Tabulator.
  • Inspector- primary responsibility is to assist voters at the Registration Table or Ballot Issue Table; also assembles and disassembles voting booths.
  • Deputy- Sworn Precinct Election Official assigned to maintain order and security at polling place on Election Day, sets up notice board, and places signs outside of polling location.
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