Dare County's voters are served by election workers who staff early voting sites, as well as precinct officials who serve in Election Day polling places.
Election workers must be Dare County registered voters and must not hold an elective office, be a candidate, manager or treasurer for a candidate, or hold a political party office.
One chief judge and two judges per precinct are appointed for two-year terms made in August of odd-numbered years.
Only one judge can be from the same party as the chief judge. If there is not an available worker for the third position, an unaffiliated voter may be assigned.
Assistants are appointed as needed.
There are generally four or five elections scheduled in each two-year appointment. In addition, special elections may be called.
Elections are held on Tuesdays.
On Election Day, polling places are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Officials must be in the voting place by 6 a.m. and remain until all votes have been counted and all documents signed (evening hours).
Compensation is as follows: chief judges, $300; judges, $250; and assistants, $225. Compensated mandatory training is provided.
The Board of Elections also assigns workers to staff early voting sites, usually open during the two-and-a-half weeks prior to Election Day.
Early voting sites and schedules vary by election.
Depending on the hours open each day, length of shifts vary but will not be more than eight hours. Workers may commit to working only on certain days or be available specific hours.
Early voting is different from Election Day voting. There are no chief judges or judges. Instead, there are site managers to ensure that the supplies and ballots are delivered to the site and secured.
Early Voting poll workers are hourly-wage positions that pay $12 per hour. Training is mandatory and pays $15.
All precinct workers will attend a training session conducted by the Dare County Board of Elections prior to each major primary and election. The training includes specific instructions for each election. Election workers are paid for attendance.
Poll workers must conduct themselves in a nonpartisan manner while working. No discussion about candidates or politics and no political apparel, buttons or jewelry are permitted.
The following categories of relatives are prohibited from serving as precinct officials of the same precinct: spouse, child, spouse of a child, sister or brother.
No precinct official who is the wife, husband, mother, father, son, daughter, brother or sister of any candidate for nomination or election may serve as precinct official during any primary or election in which such candidate participates. The county board of elections shall temporarily disqualify any such official for the specific primary or election involved and shall have authority to appoint a substitute official, from the same political party, to serve only during the primary or election at which such conflict exists.
Each team is composed of two members – one Republican, one Democrat.
They respond to requests for help in requesting absentee ballots and filling out ballots if needed. They are available to help in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospitals.
Requests for assistance are responded to within 7 days.
The team members are trained by the Dare County Board of Elections.