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Poll Workers

Did you know your friends, family, and neighbors are the first point of contact for voters on Election Day? Simply put, elections cannot occur without poll workers. Poll workers are the people we know and trust that come together on Election Day to facilitate the democratic process.

Whether it’s working at a voting location on Election Day or serving on an election board to process early ballots, counties need voters to serve as poll workers to complete the many tasks involved in administering an election. Poll workers get paid for their time. Sign up today to serve your community, earn a paycheck and directly contribute to the integrity of our electoral system.

What is a poll worker?

A poll worker is a citizen that works for the county either on Election Day at the polls, or as a board worker directly at the tabulation center during the counting process. Poll workers are our community members, our family, our friends, and our neighbors - made up of all political affiliations. Poll workers make up the largest, single day workforce in the country. Elections CANNOT occur without poll workers.

What does a poll worker do?

Poll worker responsibilities can include: setting up the polling place, setting up election equipment (including accessible voting equipment) checking in voters, printing ballots, assisting voters, close out procedures and more.

Do poll workers get paid?

Yes! Poll workers receive payment for their services, including training. Pay can vary by the county and by the type of poll worker (such as premium poll workers). An example is approximately $12.80 an hour.

What are the requirements to serve as a poll worker?

Poll workers must be 18 years old and a US Citizen. The county may have additional requirements.

Student Poll Workers:
Some counties have programs in place that allow students to serve as poll workers. This is a great opportunity for students to become civically engaged and learn more about the voting process (all while earning a paycheck). Students must be at least 16 years old, a US Citizen and have written permission from parent or guardian. Please check with your county to confirm if they have a student poll worker program.

Bilingual Poll Workers:
Bilingual poll workers are often needed, including Spanish, Navajo and Hopi language speakers.

What is the time commitment?

Prior to Election Day:
Poll workers are required to undergo training by the county. The number of hours required for training depends on the type of poll worker and the county. Some counties offer training in person while other counties offer training virtually.

Election Day:
Polls are open from 6am to 7pm. Poll workers will arrive ahead of time to the polling place for set up and remain at the polls until all voters have voted and all closing procedures have been completed. An approximate time frame is 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tips for Poll Workers

The United States Elections Assistance Commission created this guide for poll workers to learn more about the process and how to engage with voters.

Click your county below to sign up as a poll worker.

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