Election Worker Duties

Duties of Poll Workers: What functions do the different poll workers serve?

Each precinct must have assigned to it a warden, clerk, and at least two inspectors (four in cities), unless in a town where five or fewer precincts vote in the same building the selectmen decide otherwise under M.G.L. c. 54, § 24. In addition, precincts may have a deputy clerk, deputy warden, additional inspectors as are needed to run the election, and as many tellers as are necessary to count the votes after the election.

 Warden: General Duties and Authority. The warden shall be the chief election officer at the polling place. The warden shall supervise the other precinct election officers before the polls open, during the election, and during the vote count. The warden is responsible for maintaining order and handling violations of election law by election officers or others. The warden may use police assistance when necessary. If the warden leaves, his deputy shall be in charge, but if there is no deputy, he may designate a qualified election officer to be in charge.

Clerk: General Duties. The election clerk shall keep a record of all facts relating to the proceedings of the election required by law to be recorded. The clerk shall note any unusual happenings during the conduct of the election. The clerk is responsible for maintaining the Election Record, filling out forms and adding vote totals for each candidate on the total tally sheet. The clerk shall read and record the ballot box register before and after the election.

 Inspectors: General Duties. Inspectors shall be assigned to duties by the warden. Two election officers of different political parties shall be assigned to the check-in area at the entrance to the voting area. Two other election officers of different political parties shall be stationed at the voting area exit. Party representation requirements may not apply under 950 CMR 52.01(2).

Tellers: General Duties. Tellers shall work after the polls close. They shall be assigned to count votes and shall be instructed in that duty.

Source: 950 CMR §52.01