Election Precinct Positions
Working as an election officer provides an extremely important public service to the community. Applicants must be registered voters who reside in Northampton. Positions pay vary, depending on the job assignment. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
For more information please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 413-587-1223.
POSITIONS AND DUTIES
- Warden position - Supervises the other precinct officers before the polls open, during the election, and while ballots are processed. The warden is responsible for maintaining order and ensures that required materials are available and posted in proper places. The wardens also assigns other election officers to their stations and designates their schedule for breaks, meals and for voting. This also includes being responsible for completion of forms, handling of challenged ballots, and ensuring that voters omitted from lists are properly helped.
- Clerk: The Clerk keeps a running report of all activities at the polling location. A Clerk’s Log is provided for this purpose. At the end of the evening, the Clerk is responsible to tabulate the final tally of votes that is returned to the City Clerk’s Office. The final tally is composed of all votes counted using the ballot scanner plus all votes counted by hand. Logs and tally sheets are provided for this purpose.
- Inspector position - Is assigned to the check-in area at the entrance to the voting area or stationed at the checkout table. Checks off and announces the names of voters as they come in or checks off the voter on the check out voting list.
- Deputy Wardens and Deputy Clerks - Act to cover the position of Warden or Clerk when the office is vacant for any period of time.
- Guide: For the 2020 elections, the polling locations will be re-configured to allow for proper social distancing and minimal crossing paths face-to-face. To the extent possible, queuing up of voters will be done outside of buildings instead of hallways. The polling locations will be arranged to follow a single procession in one door and out another door. Guides will help the voter figure out where to go next. At the Senior Center, the polling precincts will be in different areas of the building than in the past. Guides will help the voter to their new destination. Guides will also be used to fill in other positions, as needed.
- Generally the voter will proceed from the waiting line >>>> to the check-in table >>>> to the voting booth >>>> to the tabulator >>>> out the exit.
- Sanitizer: We need to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. To that end, we are adding Sanitizer positions to clean the voting booth and other surfaces after a voter leaves the area. Sanitizers will also make sure that the check-in table is stocked with clean, sanitized pens for voters.
The Warden reports directly to the City Clerk; all positions report directly to the Warden.