“Knox County residents have the opportunity to play a pivotal role in democracy by becoming a poll official for the August election,” said Chris Davis, Administrator of Elections. “This is an opportunity for anyone to serve both our county and our state and get paid for their efforts.”
Poll officials are compensated for working during early voting and on Election Day, as well as for attending required training sessions. Knox County election workers can make $200 for attending training and then working on Thursday, August 6.
Poll officials perform various tasks to help polling sites run smoothly, including greeting voters, answering questions, processing voters, and explaining how to cast a ballot. Any voter is eligible to apply, regardless of political affiliation.
Qualifications to be a poll official:
• Be a registered voter, 18 or older
• Be at least 16 years old (New law passed this year; the previous age was 17 years old)
• Can not be a candidate or close relative of a candidate
• Be able to read and write in the English language
The following Knoxville and Knox County government employees can now also serve as poll officials:
• City of Knoxville or Knox County employees, unless working directly under the supervision of an elected official on the ballot
• State of Tennessee employees
• Federal employees – consult your Human Resources department to ensure eligibility
To work as a Knox County poll official, visit www.knoxvotes.org or call 215-2480. Become a Poll Official
To work as an Anderson County poll official, visit Anderson County Election commission.