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Election Worker
Election workers are officials who staff local polling places, administer election procedures and ensure the rights of voters are protected on Election Day.  Serving as an election worker provides an opportunity to learn about the election process and is a great service to our community.

Duties of an Election Worker
  • Check in registered voters
  • Register new voters
  • Demonstrate how to use voting equipment
  • Assist elderly and disabled voters, if requested
  • Open and close the polling place

Required Qualifications of an Election Worker
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be a citizen of the United States of America
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English
  • Must be eligible to vote in South Dakota
  • You cannot serve at an election where your spouse, parent, child, or sibling is a candidate

Desired Qualifications of an Election Worker
  • Ability to communicate clearly with voters
  • Comfortable with assisting and serving a diverse population
  • Ability to remain impartial and not exert influence over voters
  • Attention to detail

Student Eligibility
  • Students who are 18 years of age are encouraged to serve as election workers

Required Training
  • Election School is a required 2-hour long training class held the day prior to the election. The School covers basic provisions of the SD Election Law, election procedures, operating of voting system and related topics.
      April 10, 2017 Election School Presentation

Days and Hours of Work
  • Workers are asked to work from 6:00 a.m. to approximately 9:00 p.m., or whenever closing activities are finished on Election Day.

Shari Thornes, City Clerk

Brookings City & County Government Center
520 3rd Street, Suite 230
PO Box 270
Brookings, SD 57006

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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