On Monday, the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections commended the Florida Senate for recognizing the commitment of Election Day
poll workers from across the state, according to a media release.
Senate Resolution 1296, which was published Thursday in the Journal of the
Senate, commends the thousands of individuals who work during early voting
and on Election Day "for their outstanding service and dedication to the democratic process in their communities," the release stated.
Poll workers commit to attend in-depth training sessions, in which they learn policies and procedures and operations of voting equipment, all to ensure fair and accurate elections for their fellow citizens, the release stated.
They then put that training into practice on Election Day for 14 hours or more in polling places across the state.
Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley presented the resolution idea to Sen. Mike Fasano, who represents portions of Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties, accordiing to the release.
“Poll workers are comprised of ordinary citizens who go above and beyond by stepping up to help us run stellar elections. I felt it was important to recognize the thousands of poll workers around the state who give of themselves for a bigger cause and that cause being the continuation of our representative democracy,” Corley said.
"Fasano introduced Senate Resolution 1296 in December and shepherded it through the chamber," the media release stated.
The average work day for a poll worker begins at 6 a.m. and ends at about 8 p.m. on Election Day, according to the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections website. There are seven types positions to be filled for each election, according to the website. The rates of pay vary for each position.
And there are still opportunities for those interested in applying for a position. "We are always looking for poll workers," Corley said.