Elections New Brunswick, Canada

Workers/Working


How do I apply for election employment?
Can I work for the election if I am a relative of a candidate?
Do I get paid to go to training?
How many hours will I have to work at the polling station?
How much do we get paid to work at a polling station?
Do I get a T4 slip for working?
Do I get paid for lunch?
Do I have to claim the pay I receive for working at a polling station?
I am on EI
I am on social assistance
I am receiving a pension
How long before we get our cheques for working during the Election?
I want to lodge a complaint against an election worker.

Q.  How do I apply for election employment?

A.  The Returning Officer for each region is responsible for hiring all workers needed during an election for their district. Workers need not be a qualified elector, and may even be 16 or 17 years old. Students must have permission from their school to work during school hours.

An election officer cannot be a family associates (spouse, parent, child, or brother or sister) of any candidate or candidate’s spouse.

If you wish to work during the election, call your Returning Office directly and indicate your willingness to work.



Q.  Can I work for the election if I am a relative of a candidate?

A.  No person who is a family associate (spouse, parent, child, or brother or sister) of any candidate or candidate’s spouse may be appointed, act or continue to act as an election officer in any municipality in which that candidate may be elected.

You may however, be able to work in a different part of the region.



Q.  Do I get paid to go to training?

A.  Yes. $35 for the session as a
Constable,
Voter List Officer,
Poll Revision Officer,
Ballot Issuing Officer, or
Tabulation Machine Operator.
$70 for the session as a Poll Supervisor.



Q.  How many hours will I have to work at the polling station?

A.  Normally an official at a polling station will be required to arrive at 9:00 am to set up the location. Voting continues throughout the day until the polls close at 8:00 pm. Next, the location must be torn down. Election officials are usually released at 9:00 pm.



Q.  How much do we get paid to work at a polling station?

A.  $150 per day as a
Constable,
Voter List Officer,
Poll Revision Officer,
Ballot Issuing Officer, or
Tabulation Machine Operator.
$225 per day as a Poll Supervisor.



Q.  Do I get a T4 slip for working?

A.  No. The pay you receive as an election official at a polling station must be declared as income for income tax purposes, but the time is classified as uninsurable hours.



Q.  Do I get paid for lunch?

A.  No. You will be paid a flat rate per day and cannot leave the polling station during the day.



Q.  Do I have to claim the pay I receive for working at a polling station?
I am on EI
I am on social assistance
I am receiving a pension


A.  Yes. You do have to claim the income you receive on your tax return. Contact your case worker for more details.



Q.  How long before we get our cheques for working during the Election?

A.  If we have all the required information, you should get a cheque in 3 to 6 weeks after election day.



Q.  I want to lodge a complaint against an election worker.

A.  Advise your Returning Officer by phone.

If you are not satisfied with the response, give your complaint in writing to the Returning Office and send a copy to Elections NB.