Work the Election

Can I apply to work the 2022 municipal election?

The City is recruiting for a variety of customer-experience focused, temporary election officials to assist with advance polls and on election day. Advance polls take place Oct. 15 and 18 in specific locations across the city. Election day is on Oct. 24, 2022. All positions are paid.

Individuals eligible to apply are:

  • at least 18 years of age (16 years for the role of Information Assistant)
  • a resident of Ontario
  • legally entitled to work in Canada
  • not a registered candidate or closely related to one

Job descriptions and information

Reporting to the Supervising Deputy Returning Officer (SDRO), the Information Assistant (IA) is the first point of contact as voters arrive at the voting location. The IA is responsible for greeting and assisting electors, ensuring electors have required documentation, ensuring efficient movement of voters through the voting location and responding to general election inquiries.

Pay:

$250, plus training fee

Time commitment:

  • 2 hours of mandatory training prior to voting days
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the advance voting day
  • 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on election day

Note: this position requires standing for long periods of time.

Responsibilities:

  • assisting with opening, setting up and closing of poll at specified times
  • ensuring the voting location is free of any campaign materials
  • ensuring the voting location is accessible to electors and assisting with accessibility requirements, including opening doors for electors
  • greeting voters and requesting they have appropriate identification ready
  • assisting electors with disabilities, if required
  • directing voters to the appropriate election officials
  • redirecting voters who are at the wrong voting location
  • checking in scrutineers and candidates
  • managing a large flow of electors within a voting location
  • communicating effectively with voters
  • ensuring the voting location promptly closes on time and that all electors who entered the voting location prior to close can mark and cast their ballot to vote
  • ensuring accessible, transparent, positive experience for voters

Note: depending on COVID-19 protocols in place, this position may be required to perform tasks related to health and safety including sanitizing high-touch surfaces.

Abilities:

  • strong interpersonal communication and customer service skills
  • ability to identify and verify information provided by an elector in a timely manner
  • ability to stand and work for long stretches of time
  • ability to handle stress and maintain composure under pressure
  • ability to learn quickly, follow directions, and complete repetitive duties.
  • ability to multitask
  • must be at least 16 years of age on election day.

Reporting to the Supervising Deputy Returning Officer (SDRO), the Deputy Returning Officer (DRO) is responsible for striking voters from the voters’ list, issuing ballots, processing revisions to the voters’ list and administering oaths. Computer skills are required.

Pay:

$350, plus training fee

Time commitment:

  • 2-3 hours of mandatory training prior to voting days
  • 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on election day

Note: this position requires access to a vehicle and lifting and carrying weights of 25-30 lbs.

Responsibilities:

  • assisting with the opening, setting up and closing of poll at specified times
  • determining eligibility of voters
  • locating and striking off voters’ names from the electronic voters’ list
  • issuing appropriate ballots to eligible electors
  • explaining voting procedures to voters and directing voters to the voting screens
  • assisting electors with revision forms (Form EL15) and other forms
  • ensuring completeness of all submitted forms
  • processing all revisions, additions and deletions to the voters’ list
  • completing the prescribed documents for submission to the Returning Officer
  • communicating effectively with voters
  • ensuring accessible, transparent, positive experience for voters

Abilities:

  • strong interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills to resolve issues and communicate solutions to staff and the public in an efficient and timely manner
  • ability to handle stress and maintain composure under pressure
  • ability to identify and verify information provided by an elector in a timely manner
  • ability to complete data entry of elector information using election software programs
  • ability to calculate, tally and track the number of ballots manually if required
  • ability to multitask and learn quickly, follow directions and complete repetitive duties
  • ability to complete forms accurately with clear and legible handwriting and good attention to detail
  • proficient with technology

Reporting to the Supervising Deputy Returning Officer (SDRO), the Tabulator Officer (TO) is responsible for operating the tabulator to process ballots cast by voters while ensuring secrecy of the vote.

Pay:

$300, plus training fee

Time commitment:

  • 2-3 hours of mandatory training prior to voting days
  • 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on election day

Note: this position requires use of a vehicle, lifting and carrying weights of 25-30 lbs. and standing for long periods of time.

Responsibilities:

  • assisting with the opening, setting up and closing of poll at specified times
  • transporting the tabulator to and from the voting location
  • setting up and operating the tabulator
  • receiving ballots from voters and feeding them through the tabulator
  • resolving tabulator issues and errors
  • assisting to maintain an hourly tally of voters processed
  • generating ‘zero tape’ at opening of poll and ‘results tape’ at closing of poll
  • assisting the SDRO to return election supplies
  • communicating effectively with voters
  • ensuring accessible, transparent, positive experience for voters

Abilities:

  • strong interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills to resolve issues and communicate solutions to staff and the public in an efficient and timely manner.
  • ability to handle stress and maintain poise and composure under pressure
  • ability to multitask and learn quickly, follow directions and complete repetitive duties
  • comfortable with technology

Apply to work at an election poll

Please complete the online form to submit your application to work at an election poll during the 2022 municipal election. We thank all applicants for their interest in working the election. Applicants will be contacted within two weeks.

City of Burlington
426 Brant St.,
PO Box 5013
Burlington, ON L7R 3Z6
Telephone: 905-335-7777
Toll Free: 1-877-213-3609
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