John J. Edwards works as a poll clerk in New York City on election day. Poll workers get paid $200 a day, and work from 5am to past 9pm when the polling booths close. If they don’t work at the polling site in their district, they have to fill out an absentee ballot in order to vote themselves. In order to be certified, one has to attend a one-day training course. Positions include various types of clerks as well as interpreters and inspectors who are paid more. Click below (to the left of the timer) to listen to John’s story.