Caddo Parish needs certified election poll workers

By Christian Henson |

Published 09/02 2014 06:28PM

Updated 09/02 2014 06:59PM

Commissioners check voter ID’s, find voters registrations, and set up voting machines.

Kara McClung, Deputy Clerk of Court, says all it takes to become a commissioner is about two hours of your time to watch a video.

McClung said "[When the video is finished] Then you take a 15 questions test. Once you pass that test, you have to score 10 out of 15 on that test to become certified, and then you are eligible to work at the polls on Election Day."

There are also Commissioners in Charge.

Commissioners in Charge must have been in two previous elections and are responsible for taking the voting machine cartridge downtown at the end of Election Day.

According to McClung you can never have too many commissioners.

"We have problems with people that are out of town. Especially this time it’s a Tuesday election, people can't get off work,” McClung said “so the more people we have available to work on Election Day the easier it is for us to make Election Day run smoothly."

On a Tuesday Election Day commissioners work from 5:30 in the morning until 8:30 at night.

William Jernigan has a background in governmental work which is part of why he became a commissioner but he says others just want to help out.

Jernigan said "It is, I think, a worthwhile community service that typically occurs only, maybe maximum, 4 times a year."

To become a Commissioner you need to be registered to vote in Caddo Parish, not be a candidate and have no immediate family members running in your precinct, and have no election offenses.

There are two Commissioner courses and four Commissioner in Charge courses before the November 4th election.

You can find a full list of classes and how to sign up at

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