Work the election

The City of Waterloo is hiring election workers for Voting Day on Monday October 24. Applicants must be available for training in advance of Voting Day.

On this page

  1. Positions available
  2. Hours of work
  3. Getting to the voting location
  4. Training
  5. Submit an application

Positions available

The following positions are available and report to the Managing Deputy Returning Officer (MDRO) for the voting location.

Deputy Returning Officer (DRO)

Pay: $195

The duties of the DRO are:

  • require an elector to swear an oath or affirm, either verbally or in writing, as to their identity and qualifications to be an elector
  • accept and certify Applications to Amend Voters List
  • accept Appointments of Proxy and Applications for Clerk’s Certificate, certified by the City Clerk or their designate
  • issue ballot to electors with DRO initial and poll number
  • provide instructions on how to vote, if necessary
  • complete and certify all forms required to account for all ballots and validate the votes cast at the assigned voting location
  • undertake other duties that the City Clerk may from time to time assign or other duties as outlined in the DRO Handbook

Revising Agent

Pay: $195

The duties of the revising agent are:

  • assist with the setup of hardware equipment required for online voters list amendments including laptop, bar code scanner and modem
  • make amendments to the online voters list or assist voters with filling out an Application to Amend Voters List
  • process and certify Applications to Amend Voters List at the voting location
  • strike an elector’s name off the voters list, provide the appropriate ballot and initial as DRO and insert the poll number
  • provide instructions on how to vote, if necessary
  • complete and certify all forms required to account for all ballots and validate the votes cast at the assigned voting location
  • undertake other duties that the City Clerk may from time to time assign or other duties as outlined in the Revising Agent Handbook

Voting Clerk

Pay: $170

The duties of the voting clerk are:

  • assist with the setup of hardware equipment required for online voters list amendments including laptop, bar code scanner and modem
  • confirm that an elector’s name is included on the voters list using an online search software tool
  • strike an elector’s name from the online voters’ list and advise the DRO of the poll number and appropriate ballot for the elector
  • assist the DRO to complete and certify all forms required to account for all ballots and validate the votes cast at the assigned voting location
  • assist the MDRO and the DRO as and when required
  • undertake other duties that the City Clerk may from time to time assign or as outlined in the Voting Clerk Handbook

Election Assistant

Pay: $145

The duties of the election assistant are:

  • greet electors at the voting place as needed
  • instruct electors on how to mark the ballot
  • direct electors to the appropriate voting table
  • assist the MDRO and other election workers as and when required
  • maintain cleanliness of the voting location including specific provisions relating to the Covid-19 pandemic as may be required
  • undertake other duties that the City Clerk may from time to time assign

Standby worker

Pay: $25 if not called to work

Standby workers will receive full pay for the position assigned to them if called. The duties of the standby worker are:

  • remain available and accessible by phone on Voting Day
  • those of the position assigned to them if called to report to a voting location

Hours of work

Election workers will report to their voting locations by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 24.

All election workers must remain at the voting place for the entire day. You will be expected to stay until the polls close at 8:00 p.m. and all ballot counting and cleanup is completed. You will normally leave by 9:00 p.m. but you may need to stay longer until released by the Managing Deputy Returning Officer.


Getting to the voting location

Election workers must have access to their own transportation to and from the voting place.


Training

Training sessions will be provided in October where you will learn about our election policies and procedures. Depending on your position, we may also train you how to use our online voters list and our other election equipment.


Submit an application

After you submit your application, you will get an automated email notifying you we have received it. We will contact you in September to tell you whether you have been selected.

Accessible formats of the application and communication supports are available upon request.  If you require assistance to complete an application to volunteer, please call 519-747-8704 or TTY 1-866-786-3941.

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