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Supervisor of Elections

What They Do

Insider Info

A supervisor of elections is the person who oversees the electoral process in the county or state.

These election officials work to ensure that fair elections take place. They are responsible for maintaining voter registration rolls, conducting county, state, and national elections and supervising absentee voting. They are also the people called upon to make decisions about the legal workings of the electoral process.

Although elections are not held every day, election officials have plenty of work to keep them occupied. When there are no elections happening, there is voter education, campaign finance reports and poll worker recruitment and training that must be done regularly.

In the U.S., if there is a bill that is related to the electoral process being reviewed and voted upon by Congress, election officials are usually involved. They provide opinions about the impact of the bill. They also lobby for the passing of a bill.

Supervisors of elections are elected. Election officials are required to be non-partisan. That means that they may not be affiliated with any political party involved in the elections.

Because election officials work during normal business hours, their typical day is from 9 to 5. However, during elections, those hours may be extended. In some cases, officials might work 16- or 18-hour days. There are also occasions where an election official is asked to speak publicly during the evening hours.

Most of the work that an election official must do is done in an office. There are no physical requirements for this job. However, those with hearing or sight disabilities may require special equipment or staff members to help them communicate more effectively.

At a Glance

Keep elections fair

  • There is work to be done even if there isn't an election going on
  • This is an elected position
  • Generally, you'll need a law degree