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Elections Worker (Temporary)

Sep 17, 2020
King County
Salary: $19.99 - $22.57 Hourly

King County Elections (KCE) manages voter registrations and elections for more than 1.3 million voters in King County, the largest vote-by-mail county in the United States. KCE's mission is to conduct fair, open and accurate elections.  As a leader in providing inclusive elections, KCE is focused on three key priorities – (1) actively identifying and working to remove barriers to voting at both the individual and community level, (2) strengthening relationships with community and governmental partners, and (3) creating a culture of professional growth and development, openness and inclusion. Learn more at
We are recruiting to create a roster of skilled temporary employees who will work in seasonal temporary positions in various work groups within Elections.  These positions will perform a variety of duties necessary to support the administration of the 2020 November General Election in King County.  Specific job duties will vary based on the needs of the Elections Department. Training is provided to perform assigned work.
Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public.  We are hosting a virtual Interview & Hire Event on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 where you will be able to interview remotely for this position. 

Deadline to Apply: To participate in the Interview & Hire Event, submit your application by September 2, 2020.  The job posting will remain open and you may still apply after that date.

Interview & Hire Event:
Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm (specific time slots will be assigned)
Location: Remote Interview (via Zoom)
Registration: Please apply online

Testing: A data entry test will be administered remotely.

For questions about applying, please contact Jeremy Rivera at or 206-477-6792.

Forms and Materials Required: King County online application and answers to the supplemental questions.  Applications will be reviewed as received.
Work Schedule: The office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The number of hours worked and the work schedule vary according to the workload.  During peak election cycles some positions might work additional hours including evenings and weekends.  Typically, the duration of the work is 3-4 weeks; however, some positions work only a few days.  These positions are non-exempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act and are eligible for overtime pay.

Work Location(s):  This position will work at Renton Elections Building located at 919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057.  The position may also be requested to work at additional off-site voting and registration centers throughout the county.

Job Duties

King County Elections believes in working in a very agile working environment.  Creating a team that delivers now and in the future is very important.  There may be various job duties that you could be assigned. Some examples Include:
Customer Service – assist voters with questions on site or may answer incoming calls, provide basic election information, look up voter information, and/or call voters to verify information; enter data and validate voter information for various elections related activities.
Voter Services/Registration – process incoming voter registration requests and search for matching records, enter voter information data, and on-site customer service.
Production – provide support for large-scale operations, establishing, reconciling, and maintaining data.  Production jobs process incoming ballots and may require standing or sitting in one location for long periods of time.  Most positions require lifting and moving ballot trays weighing 25 lbs.  Some of our processes include:
Ballot Review/Scan –scans ballots and ensures that votes are counted as the voter intended through a variety of quality control processes.
Opening - open and separate envelopes and ballots; inspect ballots and envelopes, complete batch ticket information.
Signature Verification – analyze and determine whether to accept or challenge a signature by applying the criteria of 'Signature Verification standards' as required by Revised Code of Washington.

Ballot Collection - accompany a driver to a predetermined route and empty ballots from the ballot drop boxes. Secure the ballots and transport them back to the Elections office.

Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Candidates must have predictable and reliable attendance and the ability to work the required hours for the assigned job. Travel to work locations throughout King County with limited or no public transportation services is required. The most competitive applicants will have work experience, abilities and skills in one or more of the following, depending on the requirements of each job:

  • Data entry with accuracy and speed (timed computer test will be administered);
  • Demonstrated baseline proficiency in written and spoken English;
  • Attention to detail and proofreading skills;
  • Ability to file numerically or alpha with accuracy;
  • Customer service and team building skills;
  • Ability to follow directions with strict rules and regulations;
  • Ability to gain knowledge of elections terminology;
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced and high-volume work environment;
  • Ability to multi-task in an efficient and accurate manner;
  • Ability to work independently in a team environment;
  • Ability to stand or sit for periods of time as required;
  • Ability to bend, lift and/or move 25 lbs. of ballots.


Supplemental Information

These positions will be filled as Customer Services Specialist I ($19.99/hour), Administrative Specialist I ($20.49/hour), or Administrative Specialist II ($22.57/hour) depending upon the needs of the Elections Department and candidate test scores.

Selection Process:  Application materials will be screened on an ongoing basis; the most competitive candidates will be e-mailed for further steps in the selection process that may include a data-entry assessment test, interview, and physical agility test.  PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR FURTHER STEPS IN THIS PROCESS.

COVID-19 Precautions: We have incorporated a number of changes to our office flow, public access, sanitation, building modifications, and personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves to keep everyone safe and healthy.  More information will be provided to you about these protocols and how we are ensuring your safety if you are selected.

Union: These positions are represented by Teamsters Local 117, Professional & Technical and Administrative employees.

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.
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 Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.
Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
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