The Important Election Inspector
In many ways, the success or failure of the electoral process depends on the competence and dedication of the individuals who work at the polling places on primary and general election days. Below is information on:
Without a doubt, elections depend on the dedication of the individuals who work at the polling places.
In Dutchess County, more than 1,000 civic-minded citizens are needed every Election Day to work as Intake Inspectors and Machine Inspectors.
Boards of Elections throughout the nation, including Dutchess County, have a continuing need for new inspectors.
If you are a registered voter in Dutchess County and are interested in learning more about:
- Any other details regarding the positions
Please call the Board of Elections.
Ask to speak with Kara Bucher(R) 845-486-2474 or Jill Fieldstein(D) 845-486-2476 for additional information.
Or e-mail us at email@example.com
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE I HAVE TO BE AN INSPECTOR?
Workers must be at least 18 years of age.
DO I HAVE TO BE A REGISTERED VOTER?
Yes. Workers must be registered. Enrollment in a party is NOT required.
WHAT HOURS DO INSPECTORS WORK?
General election: hours are from 5:30AM to 9:30PM.
Primary election: hours are from 5:30AM to 9:30PM.
HOW MUCH ARE POLL INSPECTORS PAID?
Workers are paid $250 per election.
IS THERE A TRAINING CLASS TO BECOME AN INSPECTOR?
Yes. For attending a training class, workers are paid $35.00.
IS THERE AN OATH TO BECOME AN INSPECTOR?
Yes. You can read the oath by clicking here.
We thank everyone for their hard work and dedication to the election process. Your role as an inspector is critical and we would never be able to do it without you.
The Dutchess County Board of Elections provides annual training for elections inspectors. All election inspectors must be certified and pass a written exam.The New York State Board of Elections states that it is mandatory for all Poll Inspectors to take one training class per year.
If you are a new Inspector then please bring your driver's license and social security
card or passport.
All Inspectors will be asked to complete a W-4 ANNUALLY.
*Please arrive to training class at least 10 minutes prior to the start of class to avoid having to reschedule your training. All training classes will start promptly at the designated time and late arrivals will be not be allowed to attend the class.
All classes will be held at the BOE warehouse at 253 North Grand Ave., Poughkeepsie (Around the back of the building). Please call Kara Bucher 845-486-2474(R) or Jill Fieldstein(D) 845-486-2476 to make your reservation.
2019 MACHINE TRAINING SCHEDULE
2019 INTAKE TRAINING SCHEDULE.
Each class is about 2 hours long, and you must remain for the entire session. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time as training will start promptly. Late arrivals will be turned away and will need to reschedule.
First-time inspectors should arrive 20 minutes ahead of time with your passport, OR your driver’s license AND your social security card, so you can complete new-hire paperwork before training starts.
The entire Intake and Machine Inspector Manual (9MB) may be dowloaded.
The application for a special ballot for absentee votingfor election workers is here.