2004 Florida Statutes
Poll worker recruitment and training.
(1) The supervisor of elections shall conduct training for inspectors, clerks, and deputy sheriffs prior to each primary, general, and special election for the purpose of instructing such persons in their duties and responsibilities as election officials. A certificate may be issued by the supervisor of elections to each person completing such training. No person shall serve as an inspector, clerk, or deputy sheriff for an election unless such person has completed the training as required. A clerk may not work at the polls unless he or she demonstrates a working knowledge of the laws and procedures relating to voter registration, voting system operation, balloting and polling place procedures, and problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills.
(2) A person who has attended previous training conducted within 2 years before the election may be appointed by the supervisor to fill a vacancy on election day. If no person with prior training is available to fill such vacancy, the supervisor of elections may fill such vacancy in accordance with the provisions of subsection (3) from among persons who have not received the training required by this section.
(3) In the case of absence or refusal to act on the part of any inspector or clerk at any precinct on the day of an election, the supervisor shall appoint a replacement who meets the qualifications prescribed in s. 102.012(2). The inspector or clerk so appointed shall be a member of the same political party as the clerk or inspector whom he or she replaces.
(4) Each supervisor of elections shall be responsible for training inspectors and clerks, subject to the following minimum requirements:
(a) No clerk shall be entitled to work at the polls unless he or she has had a minimum of 3 hours of training prior to each election.
(b) No inspector shall work at the polls unless he or she has had a minimum of 2 hours of training prior to each election.
(c) For the purposes of this subsection, the first and second primary elections shall be considered one election.
(5) The Department of State shall create a uniform polling place procedures manual and adopt the manual by rule. Each supervisor of elections shall ensure that the manual is available in hard copy or electronic form in every precinct in the supervisor's jurisdiction on election day. The manual shall guide inspectors, clerks, and deputy sheriffs in the proper implementation of election procedures and laws. The manual shall be indexed by subject, and written in plain, clear, unambiguous language. The manual shall provide specific examples of common problems encountered at the polls on election day, and detail specific procedures for resolving those problems. The manual shall include, without limitation:
(a) Regulations governing solicitation by individuals and groups at the polling place;
(b) Procedures to be followed with respect to voters whose names are not on the precinct register;
(c) Proper operation of the voting system;
(d) Ballot handling procedures;
(e) Procedures governing spoiled ballots;
(f) Procedures to be followed after the polls close;
(g) Rights of voters at the polls;
(h) Procedures for handling emergency situations;
(i) Procedures for dealing with irate voters;
(j) The handling and processing of provisional ballots; and
(k) Security procedures.
The Department of State shall revise the manual as necessary to address new procedures in law or problems encountered by voters and poll workers at the precincts.
(6) Supervisors of elections shall work with the business and local community to develop public-private programs to ensure the recruitment of skilled inspectors and clerks.
(7) The Department of State shall develop a mandatory, statewide, and uniform program for training poll workers on issues of etiquette and sensitivity with respect to voters having a disability. The program must consist of approximately 1 hour of the required number of hours set forth in paragraph (4)(a). The program must be conducted locally by each supervisor of elections, who shall periodically certify to the Department of State whether each poll worker has completed the program. The supervisor of elections shall contract with a recognized disability-related organization, such as a center for independent living, family network on disabilities, deaf service bureau, or other such organization, to develop and assist with training the trainers in the disability sensitivity programs. The program must include actual demonstrations of obstacles confronted by disabled persons during the voting process, including obtaining access to the polling place, traveling through the polling area, and using the voting system.
History.--s. 64, ch. 2001-40; s. 19, ch. 2002-17; s. 18, ch. 2002-281.