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Erik J. Haight (R)
Marco Caviglia (D)

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:

How to Become an Inspector

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:

  1. Training
  2. Pay
  3. Hours
  4. Any other details regarding the positions

Please call the Board of Elections.
Ask to speak with Amy Tanner(R) 845-486-2474 or Terry Horner(D) 845-486-2476 for additional information.
Or e-mail us at
dutchesselections@dutchessny.gov

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Poll Workers Frequently Asked Questions

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 11:30AM to 9:30PM.


HOW MUCH ARE POLL INSPECTORS PAID?

Workers are paid between $150 for a Primary and $250 for a General.


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.

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Yearly Training Classes

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.

 

Machine Inspector Training Schedule 2016

All classes will be held at the BOE warehouse at 253 North Grand Ave., Poughkeepsie  (Around the back of the building). Please call Amy Tanner at 845-486-2474(R) or Terry Horner(D) 845-486-2476 to make your reservation.

2016 MACHINE TRAINING SCHEDULE

DATE

TIME

TIME

7/19      (Tues)

9:00 AM

1:00 PM

7/26      (Tues)

9:00 AM

1:00 PM

7/28     (Thurs)

9:00 AM

1:00 PM

8/02      (Tues)

9:00 AM

1:00 PM

8/04    (Thurs)

9:00 AM

1:00 PM

9/29    (Thurs)

10:00 AM

2:00 PM

10/4      (Tues)

10:00 AM

2:00 PM

10/4      (Tues)

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6:00 PM

10/6    (Thurs)

10:00 AM

2:00 PM

10/15      (Sat)

10:00 AM

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11/02  (Weds)

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2:00 PM

 

2016 INTAKE TRAINING SCHEDULE

 

 

 

DATE

LOCATION

TIME

 

 

 

7/21     (Thurs)

Red Hook Town Hall

2:00 PM

7/26     (Tues)

Pawling Town Hall

2:00 PM

7/28     (Thurs)

T/Poughkeepsie Town Hall

2:00 PM

8/02      (Tues)

Hyde Park Town Hall

10:00 AM

8/04     (Thurs)

Pleasant Valley Town Hall

2:00 PM

8/09      (Tues)

East Fishkill Town Hall

2:00 PM

8/24      (Wed)

Fishkill Town Hall

10:00 AM

8/30      (Tues)

Wappinger Town Hall

6:00 PM

8/31     (Weds)

C/Poughkeepsie City Hall

10:00 AM

9/27      (Tues)

Amenia Town Hall

2:00 PM

9/29     (Thurs)

East Fishkill Town Hall

10:00 AM

10/4      (Tues)

Stanford Town Hall

2:00 PM

10/6     (Thurs)

LaGrange Town Hall

10:00 AM

10/12    (Wed)

C/Poughkeepsie City Hall

2:00 PM

10/18    (Tues)

Fishkill Town Hall

2:00 PM

10/19    (Wed)

Hyde Park Town Hall

10:00 AM

10/25    (Tues)

Beekman Town Hall

2:00 PM

10/27   (Thurs)

Wappinger Town Hall

10:00 AM

11/01    (Tues)

T/Poughkeepsie Town Hall

6:00 PM

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.

 

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Helpful Inspector Training Materials

The entire Intake and Machine Inspector Manual (9MB) may be dowloaded.

The application for a special ballot for absentee voting for election workers is here.

 

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