Election Workers

Each state designates the names of its election workers. In South Carolina they are called Clerks and Poll Managers. Clerks are experienced poll managers who oversee a precinct. Poll Managers support the voting process at the precincts by setting up the equipment, educating visitors on laws and policies governing voting, and assisting voters.

York County currently has 100 precincts. Precincts are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day. Each election requires at least one Clerk and multiple Poll Managers at every precinct. These workers are essential for running secure, efficient elections. Every election worker must complete training to learn how to fulfill the various duties required to manage the precincts.

Check out the Poll Manager Handbook and Resources to learn more about election specifics.

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Why apply?

Election workers are civic-minded registered voters who are paid while supporting their communities. They provide a necessary service when they work during Early Voting and on Election Day. Additionally, election workers gain the opportunity to make new friends and be a part of history. Students aged 16 and 17 may work as assistant poll managers and gain valuable experience.

Election Worker Pay

Clerks and poll managers are required to work the full day.

Clerks and Poll managers receive a stipend that is not considered a wage and is set in State Law. For more information on taxes and benefit eligibility, please visit dew.sc.gov. York County’s pay rate is listed below.

Clerks: $275

  • $60 for attending training
  • $60 to process paperwork
  • $75 Election Day
  • $80 York County supplement

Poll Managers and Assistant Poll Managers: $165

  • $60 for attending training
  • $75 Election Day
  • $30 York County supplement


Clerks, Poll Managers, and Assistant Poll Managers must complete training prior to EVERY election. Training is comprised of both in-person and online components. York County Voter Registration & Elections staff establish the training schedule and lead the sessions.


To ensure accountability and election security, anyone working with an election must take certain oaths. Those for Clerks and Poll Managers are listed below:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I am duly qualified, according to the Constitution of this State, to exercise the duties of the office to which I have been appointed, and that I will, to the best of my ability, discharge the duties thereof, and preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of this State and of the United States. So help me God.” (Article III, Section 26, S.C. Constitution)
“We do solemnly swear that we will conduct this election according to law and will allow no person to vote who is not entitled by law to vote in this election, and we will not unlawfully assist any voter to prepare his ballot and will not advise any voter as to how he should vote at this election.” (SC Code §7-13-100)

More on election workers from scVotes.gov


York County Government Center
Board of Voter Registration and Elections of York County
Level 1, Suite 1201
6 South Congress St
York SC 29745

 Main Phone: (803) 684-1242
 Fort Mill Area:  (803) 909-7194
 Fax: (803) 684-7801
[email protected]