Become a Poll Manager

Poll Managers are the appointed election workers that serve under the Precinct Poll Clerk and assist in operating the polling places. Though appointed by the Board’s Executive Director, Poll Managers are usually recruited and selected by the Election Analyst or Precinct’s Poll Clerk.

The purpose of the class is to provide specialized assistance to help ensure effective and efficient elections; to provide professional, courteous customer service at all times, and to perform related duties as assigned. The class works within a general outline of work to be performed, and develops work methods and sequences under general supervision of the Precinct’s Poll Clerk, the Election Analyst, and the Executive Director.

Poll managers are essential to conducting good, fair, and impartial elections. The goal is to provide a positive experience for voters while following procedures. Poll Managers must put aside personal views about candidates and political parties. Security and accountability are key.

Pay rates:

Pay rate for Primary & General elections is: $135. Pay rate for any subsequent runoff election is $75. Applicable taxes will be withheld. Poll Managers who already have a retirement account with the SC Public Employee Benefits Authority (PEBA) (SC state, county, municipal, or school current and former employees) will have a deduction for retirement withheld.


In order to be a poll manager, the person being considered must:

  • Be a registered voter in Pickens County or an adjoining county (Anderson, Greenville, or Oconee Counties); OR be aged 16 or 17. Sixteen and seventeen year olds are compensated at the same pay rate as adults; however, we may only appoint one 16 or 17 year old for every two adult poll managers
  • Attend a Poll Manager Training Class before EACH election. Classes are approximately 3 hours in length
  • Be willing and able to work the ENTIRE Election Day, from approximately 5:45AM until approximately 8:00PM
  • Be non-partisan and neutral when working an election
  • Cannot be related to or work for any candidate on the ballot in your assigned precinct
  • Must not campaign for a candidate or issue on the ballot
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds (weight of the voting machines)
  • Must have sufficient vision to read the laptop, procedure manuals, voter IDs, and signs
  • Must have sufficient hearing to hear, understand, and communicate with voters and fellow workers
  • Must be able to operate a laptop computer
  • Must be able to type proficiently

Job Responsibilities:

The tasks listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional tasks related to the type of work of the class as necessary.

  • Attend a poll manager training class that is a minimum of 3-hours long prior to each election
  • Assist with opening and setting up voting precinct including check-in table, chairs, voting machines, organizing supplies, curbside voting spaces, and hanging posters and sample ballots
  • Check-in and process voters on laptop computers
  • Determine voters qualification, districts, and appropriate ballot style
  • Distribute and account for all ballots
  • Activate the voting system
  • Ensure that election laws and voting procedures are being complied with
  • General and accurate assistance to voters
  • Assist with closing the voting precinct, tabulating results, and returning equipment and supplies to the Department

How to Apply:

Complete the Election Worker Payroll Packet and submit to our office.  Applications can be mailed to:

Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Pickens County
Attention: Election Analyst
222 McDaniel Ave B-9
Pickens, SC 29671

Notice:  This form and other payroll documents will be used to build a pool of citizens wishing to serve as election workers for future elections in Pickens County, South Carolina. Completing this packet does not automatically mean you will be appointed to work any given election. You understand that the Executive Director of the Board of Voter Registration & Elections will appoint election workers from this pool as positions become available.