Hancock County Clerk of Court - Election Office
Poll Workers are essential individuals that provide the labor to allow for a smooth election process so that all voters have the opportunity to cast their ballot. Civic minded individuals that serve their community often go under-recognized; therefore, it is the privilege of the Hancock County Clerk’s Office – Election Division to inform the citizenry of the duties performed by these public spirited people and to invite eligible registered citizens to join in and sign-up to work at the Polls on Election Day!
In Hancock County, the poll workers consist of the Inspector, the Judge of the Opposite Party of the Inspector, and an Election Assistant. Below is a quick overview of the roles each position plays at the Vote Center:
Inspector: the Inspector is from the same political party as the Clerk of the Circuit Court and jointly with the Judge of the Opposite Party is responsible for the overall running of the Poll. Duties such as opening and closing the polls, swearing in poll workers and handling the administrative paperwork are just a few of the hats that the Inspector might wear.
The Judge of the Opposite Party: the Judge of the Opposite Party accompanies the Inspector at the closing of the polls to transport ballots to the Hancock County Annex so that the votes can be tabulated. In addition, the Judge of the Opposite Party insures dual accountability of the two major political parties.
Election Assistant: the Election Assistant is just that, a person who assists at the Vote Center. The Election Assistant may be the clerk running the Electronic Poll Book or distributing ballots. The Election Assistant, along with another poll worker, may assist voters or act as a part of the Provisional Team.
Other Persons allowed in the Polls: from time-to-time, poll watchers and the media request to access the polls. State law allows for the media, political parties and candidates to assign a poll watcher to go to the polls. In all instances, all watchers are required to have proper approved credentials.
Poll workers attend a workshop to review election procedure, new or changed regulation and safety precautions. This link will direct your attention to the training available by the State of Indiana’s Election Division.
To become a Poll Worker, please contact the Hancock County Clerk’s Office – Election Division at 317-477-1109 extension 2 or 317-477-1171.
The Hancock County Clerk’s Office – Election Division strives to inform the public, local media and candidates of election results for local elections barring a recount or challenge the night of Election Day.
The community is welcome to come to the Hancock County Annex Building in the Commissioners Courtroom and watch the precinct tally on the projection screen. In addition, the official results will be available to be emailed the next business day.
The State of Indiana has taken great strides to provide voters with a variety of information, such as, "who's on your ballot," register to vote," and "election results." Please follow the link below to the State's website for up-to-date information.
In 2013 the Election Office was forced to make changes to several precincts in order to comply with state statue. Click the link below to see a map of all current precincts in the county.
The Hancock County Election Office is located on the 2nd floor of the Hancock County Courthouse. The staff of the Election Division of the Hancock County Clerk’s Office is committed to quality public service while exerting their best effort to insure free and equal elections for the citizens of Hancock County.
The election staff performs a varied list of duties, such as, issue and process voter registration applications, generate information to be used in the compilation of the jury lists, prepare precinct packages to be used in both the primary and general election, prepare candidate packages, assist in the redistricting/reprecincting process, monitor and update information to be included in the Statewide Voter Registration System known as SVRS.
In addition to the voter and election process, the Election Office staff issue marriage license applications and a citizen can request a certified copy of a marriage license for a ceremony that was recorded in Hancock County.
For additional reference avenues, please see the State and Federal Election References page.