Frequently Asked Questions
The Davidson County Election Commission uses four (4) Poll Official positions. We will work with you to determine which position you will fill..
Officer: manages and leads a precinct team, while supporting all of the other Poll Official positions
Change of Address Clerk: facilitates a change of address or name change; assists provisional voter
Machine Operator: prepares voting machines, so voter may cast ballot
Precinct Registrar: checks in voter, before voter is sent to ballot marking device
Poll Officials receive $30 for completing an online training session. If you train and do not work on Election Day, you will not receive training payment, per Tennessee Election law.
Officer: $200 + $30 per assigned training
Other Poll Official positions: $150 + $30 per assigned training
Each individual Poll Official is responsible for bringing ample food and drink for their day. No food or drinks are allowed at the work station while assisting voters.
An official Notice will be emailed to you approximately 60 days prior to Election Day. This notice will include:
--Your precinct assignment (where you will work)
--Your job assignment (position you will hold)
--Training information (how to complete online training)
Yes, Officers typically offer periodic breaks for Poll Officials, based on voter traffic.
We request all Poll Officials dress business casual. Please do not wear clothing that is dirty or has holes. Do not wear sweatpants, sweatshirts, t-shirts, flip-flops or clothing that may represent a political party or candidate.
Davidson County Election Commission policy does not allow Poll Officials to use any electronic device, other than those used and provided for Election Day and voting purposes.
The precinct is open to the voters from 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Poll Officials must arrive at their work precinct no later than 6:00 a.m. The precinct Officer will dismiss all Poll Officials once every eligible voter has voted and clean-up is complete. Please note: the Officer may ask one Poll Official to assist with equipment return to the Election Commission office. Poll Officials are not allowed to leave their precinct, until dismissed by the Officer at the end of the day.
Since most elections fall in the middle of the Metro payroll cycle, payment is issued by direct deposit two to six weeks after an Election. Your training pay will be included in the same deposit.
No, Poll Officials cannot vote on Election Day. Poll Officials may request an Absentee Ballot or must vote during Early Voting. The Early Voting period begins twenty days before an election and typically ends five days before Election Day.
All Poll Officials should be professional in their attitude and appearance. This is a customer service position. Voting in Davidson County should be a pleasant experience for everyone, uninterrupted by offensive odors, language, attitudes or apparel.
Yes, Tennessee State law and the Davidson County Election Commission require training for all Poll Officials before they are allowed to work.
A Poll Official is a temporary employee of the Davidson County Election Commission who works on Election Day or during the Early Voting period.
A precinct is a designated polling location where registered voters vote on Election Day. Precincts may be churches, community centers, libraries, schools, or other facilities.
The Tennessee Secretary of State - Division of Elections will be providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for every Poll Official. Safety procedures will be covered in training.