How to Become an Inspector
In many ways, the success or failure of the electoral process depends on the competence and dedication of the individuals who work at the polling places on Election Day.
In Dutchess County, more than 1,000 civic-minded citizens are needed every Election Day to work as Intake Inspectors and Machine Inspectors.
Boards of Elections throughout the nation, including Dutchess County, have a continuing need for new inspectors.
If you are a registered voter in Dutchess County and are interested in learning more about working as an election inspector, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2023 Intake Inspector Training Schedule (.pdf)
2023 Machine Inspector Training Schedule (.pdf)
We thank everyone for their hard work and dedication to the election process. Your role as an inspector is critical and we would never be able to do it without you.
The Dutchess County Board of Elections provides annual training for elections inspectors. All election inspectors must be certified and pass an exam. The New York State Board of Elections states that it is mandatory for all Poll Inspectors to take one training class per year.
All inspector training classes will be held at the BOE Training Center at 4280 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park.
Each class is about 2.5 hours long, and you must remain for the entire session. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time as training will start promptly. Late arrivals will be turned away and will need to reschedule.
*First-time inspectors should arrive 20 minutes ahead of time with your passport, OR your driver’s license AND your social security card, so you can complete new-hire paperwork before training starts.