Come be a Part of This Hard Working, Civic Minded, Patriotic Team!!!
Inspectors provide essential assistance to the public as needed during the voting process. Inspectors are assigned to polling sites in bi-partisan teams and are required to attend training and pass a minimal test every year.
If you are interested in working as an inspector contact:
Abigail Freeman e-mail or call (585)753-1539
Linda Cummings e-mail or call (585)753-1555
John Fernandes e-mail or call (585)753-1523
Paul Wagner e-mail or call (585)753-1534.
Resources for Election Inspectors
(2015 Material Will be Posted This Summer)
- 2014 Inspector Training Manual (6924K PDF)
- 2014 Inspector Coordinator Handbook (1140K PDF)
- 2014 Inspector Site Chair Handbook (145K PDF)
Questions About Becoming An Election Inspector
Q. Are Election Inspectors Volunteers? - NO
Inspectors are paid for their election day service by the county in which they serve, in an amount fixed by the county legislative body. In Monroe County, the County Legislature sets the pay. Inspectors are also paid for attending required training schools if they work an election. The Board of Elections does NOT directly pay inspectors. The Board can confirm if any inspector worked, but questions about pay should be directed to the City or Town Clerks. Checks generally are sent within 4–6 weeks after the election. City and Town Clerks' phone numbers are listed at the bottom of this page.
Q. What is an Election Inspector?
They are voters who are appointed by their political party to serve a 1-year term. They work on Election Day.
Q. What are an Election Inspector’s Responsibilities?
They are responsible for making sure that the voters are processed in a fair and efficient manner and according to Election Law.
Q. Can anyone be an Election Inspector? What are the qualifications?
Any registered voter who is enrolled in the Democratic or Republican Party can be an Election Inspector. They are also required to speak, read and write the English Language.
Q. Does it require a lot of training to be an Election Inspector?
They are required to be trained and tested every year. A flexible training schedule is held throughout the County from August to November. Classes last about 3 hours long. If Election Inspectors work on General Election Day they are paid for attending training.
Q. What Days and Hours do Election Inspectors work?
All Election Inspectors work on General Election Day in November from 5:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. They also sometimes work for a Primary or a Special Election usually 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Q. Election Day is a long day, what if I can't work the whole day?
You may call for more information.
Q. Do Election Inspectors get time off during the day?
Yes, Election Inspectors should take time off during the day to eat a meal and to vote. They may leave their site with at least one inspector of each party remaining. During the day, there will be slower intervals, usually in mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Inspectors should take meal breaks during these times. All inspectors should be present at the election district from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. While each team of inspectors may set different times, the Board recommends that inspectors’ meal times not take over one hour. The Site Chair should enforce the same amount of time for each inspector.
Q. Will I be working with experienced Election Inspectors?
Yes, there are multiple inspectors working at each voting site. 3,200 Election Inspectors serve at almost 800 districts in Monroe County. About 75% return faithfully year after year. So the majority are trained and experienced.
Q. Will I be working at my own voting location?
If there is an opening, yes, otherwise you will be placed as close to your own district as possible.
Q. What if I am on SSI, unemployment or concerned about tax consequences?
Each person’s circumstances are unique and therefore they must check with their own advisors.
Q. How do I sign up?
Call the Board of Elections at 585 753-1550 or complete the attached form(coming soon). We can answer additional questions and put you in touch with the Coordinator in your area who is actively recruiting Election Inspectors.
City and Town Clerks
- Rochester: 428-7421
- Brighton: 784-5240
- Chili: 889-3550
- Clarkson: 637-1130
- East Rochester: 586-3553
- Gates: 247-6100
- Greece: 225-2000
- Hamlin: 964-2421
- Henrietta: 334-7700
- Irondequoit: 467-8840
- Mendon: 624-6060
- Ogden: 617-6100
- Parma: 392-9461
- Penfield: 340-8600
- Perinton: 223-0770
- Pittsford: 248-6200
- Riga: 293-3880
- Rush: 533-1312
- Sweden: 637-2144
- Webster: 872-1000
- Wheatland: 889-1553