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Election Interpreter Duties


The primary function of an election interpreter is to assist Spanish-speaking voters in the electoral process when they go to a polling place to vote. Some examples of activities that fall under this category are:

  • Direct voters to the correct election official
  • Help election official locate the voter's name in the poll book
  • Instruct voters on how to use the voting machines
  • Instruct voters how to cast a provisional ballot (if necessary)
  • Provide Assistance to Vote when a voter requests it
  • Help voters fill out all necessary forms (if necessary)
  • Report to the Board of Elections any instances of intimidation, harassment, or discrimination towards voters in particular Spanish-speaking or Hispanic voters of behalf of election officers, political parties, watchers, voter protection groups, or other voters.

Other Functions

Other functions that interpreters are able to do if they are interested, and as long as it does not interfere with their primary functions are:

  • Serve as judge of election, clerk,  or majority/minority inspector if any of these positions are vacant on Election Day.
  • Instruct English-speaking voters how to use the voting machines, cast provisional ballots, and complete forms (if necessary).
  • Provide Assistance to Vote when a voter requests it

Help election officials with any other Election Day procedures.

  • While at the polling place, the interpreter is under the supervision of the judge of elections.
  • Interpreters should report to their assigned polling location by 6:15 a.m. to help with the morning set-up.
  • Paid $165
  • Interpreters must attend one (1) training session and will be paid $10 for the session.