Becoming a Precinct Election Official

What are the requirements?

  • Successfully complete the PEO Orientation Package.
  • 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 and Assistant Clerks (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 BCS Specialist with opening the Ballot Counting System.
  • Assistant Clerks (1 & 2)- responsible for setting up the Accessible Voting System, assisting voters and serves in other positions as assigned by the Clerk; also in charge of the polling place in the absence of the Clerk on Election Day.
  • BCS Specialist- opens the Ballot Counting System in collaboration with Clerk; also assists voters with issues which may arise when message appears on screen of the Ballot Counting System.
  • Inspector- primary responsibility is to assist voters at the Check-In Table and 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.
For More Information

Mark Andersen,
Supervisor of Elections
Bay County
830 W. 11th St.
Panama City, FL

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