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Election workers


Applications for election workers are now closed. Thank you for your interest.

This summer, Elections Calgary hired approximately 3,000 election workers (Deputy Returning Officers) to work during the Advance Vote and on Election Day. Election workers are paid positions, the pay will vary depending on the position and type of voting station.

Election worker manuals

These manuals are provided as an additional training resource and complement the in-person training provided to election staff. Where there are discrepancies between the information provided in the manuals and the in-person training, the information provided at the in-person training should be used.

How to apply to be an election worker

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Who can be an election worker?

  • If you are eligible to work in Canada, you can apply to work as an election worker.
  • You do not have to be a Canadian citizen to apply.
  • A limited number of positions are available for 16 to 18-year-olds. Most positions require workers to be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must be available to complete an online training course and attend a 1-2 hour daytime training session in September / October.

What does an election worker do?

Election workers help administer the voting and counting process under the direction of the Presiding Deputy Returning Officer (PDRO) and the Assistant PDRO. Some of the duties that an election worker might be required to perform include:

  • Setting up the voting station
  • Helping voters through the voting process
  • Counting ballots
  • ​Provides information to the public
  • Taking down the voting station

Long hours are typical on Election Day, starting around 9 a.m. and sometimes ending after 11 p.m. Election workers cannot leave the voting station for any reason on Election Day, including meals which must be brought with you.

You may also be offered a stand-by worker position, which means that you will train for multiple roles that you may be called upon to take on should there be a last minute cancellation by another Election Worker. If you agree to be a stand-by worker, you must be ready to arrive at the assigned location on short notice on Election Day.

Election worker training

If you are a successful applicant, you must attend a one to two hour training session in September/October 2017. Most training sessions take place during regular business hours. There is also a mandatory online training component that must be completed before attending the in-person session.

Election worker hiring

If your application is successful and your services are required, you will be contacted between mid-August and the end of September with an offer of a position. You will be provided with the following information:

  • Voting station location;
  • Position offered;
  • Time and date of your training session; and
  • How much you will be paid.
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