State and county election officials work hard all year to ensure that elections are secure and run smoothly, but we can't do it alone. Poll managers play an important role in conducting fair and impartial elections.
The SEC and county election officials have taken steps during the COVID-19 pandemic to help make polling places as safe as possible for voters and poll managers, including: providing masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and disposable cotton swabs for making touchscreen selections. Online training is provided when possible and small-group, socially-distanced training is provided when necessary.
Poll Manager Pay
Poll Managers (and poll manager's assistants): $60 for attending training + $75 for working on election day = $135 Total
Clerks (the lead poll manager): Poll Manager Pay + $60 for additional training and responsibilities = $195 Total
Some counties may supplement poll manager pay. Check with your county voter registration and elections office.
Poll Manager Qualifications
- Poll Managers (except Poll Manager Assistants) must be registered to vote in South Carolina.
- Any 16 or 17-year-old can apply to be a Poll Manager Assistant.
- Clerks must be a registered voter in the county in which they are serving or an adjoining county.
- Poll Managers may not be a candidate or the spouse, parent, child, brother, or sister of a candidate at any polling place where the candidate’s name appears on the ballot.
Poll Manager’s Oaths:
“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)
Poll Manager Training
Poll managers must be trained prior to every election. Both online and in-person poll manager training is available. Clerks are required to take additional training. Your county board will direct you on what training you will be required to complete for each election.
Online training materials: