Do I have to be 18 to participate?
Nope! Since you’re not voting, you don’t have to worry about being a certain age.
Do I have to be registered to vote in Utah to participate?
Nope! Since you’re not voting, you don’t have to worry about being registered in Utah.
Do I have to be a US citizen to participate?
Nope! As a pollster, you won’t be voting, so you don’t need to worry about citizenship.
Will I be reimbursed for gas if I offer to drive?
Yes! You will be reimbursed after the election for the approximate mileage that you traveled from your respective town to the polling location you were assigned.
Can I go with my friends?
If you choose to drive, then yes. You will be given the option to list your friends once you say you are a driver. If you are not able to be a driver, then you won’t be able to request friends.
Can I bring my spouse?
Yes. Be sure to indicate that on the online form when prompted. If you have already registered online, email us at UtahCollegesExitPoll@gmail.com.
Will I be penalized for missing school work?
BYU students: If you fill out the proper form, your professor cannot penalize you for your absence since this is a university-excused absence. However, we are not responsible if you miss material in class and do not take the time to catch up on the missed material.
Other universities: Policies will be different for every school. Check with your professor.
How far will I travel?
Most students will not travel farther than 90 minutes away from their respective university, with some exceptions. If you have a concern with travel, email us at UtahCollegesExitPoll@gmail.com.
What do I need to sign up?
All students will need to provide their basic contact information as well as their student ID number. If you are serving as a driver, you will need to provide your driver license number and state, license plate number and state, make and model of your car, and your insurance provider and policy number. We need this information for insurance purposes, but will never share your information.
Will I receive any sort of compensation for participating?
For each shift you work, you will be compensated for one meal (you will be reimbursed after Election Day). Drivers will also be reimbursed for gas (see “Will I be reimbursed for gas if I offer to drive?”). Some professors also offer extra credit or allow the Exit Poll to substitute an assignment; check with your professor if there is anything offered in your section or class.
What is the time commitment?
To participate, you will be required to attend a one hour training (times dependent on each school) before Election Day. On Election Day, you must be available for a half-day shift from either 7:00am-1:30pm or 1:30pm-8pm, as well as travel time around your selected shift.
Do I have to go to the same training as people I want to poll with?
Not necessarily. Every training is the same, and whether or not you attend with your friends will not affect your group preferences.
Can I vote if I participate in the Exit Poll?
Yes, and we encourage you to do so! However, we also encourage you to vote via an absentee or mail-in ballot because you may find yourself tight on time to go to your actual polling location.
What are the hours I will be asked to work?
We ask you to work one half-day shift: either 7:00am-1:30pm or 1:30pm-8:00pm. If you are available and really want to, you can also work the whole day. You will be able to indicate which shift you would like to work on the sign-up survey.