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Working at the Polls

The strength of a democracy depends upon the level of involvement of its citizens, so GET INVOLVED!

The City of Franklin needs citizens to serve as Election Officers in its 6 precincts for each election. It is a rewarding way to participate in your government and help us to ensure a fair and well-organized voting process.

Am I qualified?

  • You must be a registered voter in the City of Franklin.
  • You cannot hold an elected office or be the employee of an elected official.
  • You must enjoy meeting people and serving the public.
  • You must be able to take direction, pay attention to detail and not be easily distracted.
  • You should be available to work the entire day on Election Day.

What will I be doing?

Precinct Officers...

  • arrive at the polling place at 5 a.m. on Election Day and remain until all tallies have been completed.
  • set up voting equipment and prepare the polling place for voting.
  • process voters by checking names on list of registered voters.
  • admit voters to voting machines, tally results, secure voting machines and close the polling place.

Central Absentee Precinct (CAP) Officers...

  • process mailed-in absentee ballots.
  • check names of voters on lists of absentee applicants.
  • record names of voters in poll books.
  • record and process the votes cast on the voting machine used for in-person Absentee Voting.

Stand-by (Alternate) Officers...

  • may be called prior to Election Day to fill in for Officers who cannot serve.

Where will I be working?

Whenever possible, Election Officers are assigned to their "home" precinct. However, if there are no vacancies at your polling place, you may be assigned to another precinct or asked to work in the Central Absentee Precinct (CAP). Unassigned Officers are asked to serve as "Stand-bys" to fill in for scheduled Officers who cannot serve.

For more information, please contact the Voter Registration office at 757-562-8545.