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Be a Poll Worker

Elections cannot occur without poll workers. 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 help the democratic process, earn a paycheck and directly contribute to the integrity of our electoral system. Contact your county elections office to sign up.


View the Live Feed of Ballots

Every county is required to have a live feed camera on the ballot tabulation room during the election. Voters are able to watch the live feed at any time to view the ballots. This creates another layer of oversight and accountability.


Attend a Logic and Accuracy Test

Prior to being used in an election, the county elections office must conduct a logic and accuracy (L&A) test for every piece of election equipment that will be used in the election. L&A tests are open to the public and political party members usually attend and sign off on the certification.

An L&A test is conducted to ensure that the equipment is recording and tabulating votes correctly. This is done by preparing a batch of ballots whose results have been predetermined, feeding them through the tabulators, and confirming the vote counts match the predetermined amounts. If there is a discrepancy and it is determined a piece of equipment is not operating correctly, it cannot be used in the election unless the issue has been corrected and it passes another L&A test.


Participate in the Hand Count

After every federal election, counties are required to conduct a hand count of the election returns. This process relies upon the participation of the political parties. Members of political parties work with the county elections staff to do a random sample of precincts and hand count the vote totals. This process is done to ensure accurate tabulation of the votes.


Serve as a Political Observer

The state political party chairman can appoint party members to serve as an observer in a polling place. The Observer may observe the functions of the polling place on Election Day, including poll worker processes.

Observers may not interfere or impede voting, with the exception of challenging a voter’s eligibility. In the event of a challenge, the poll worker will attempt to confirm the voter’s eligibility. If eligibility cannot be determined at the polling place, the voter will cast a provisional ballot and the County Recorder will subsequently determine the voter’s eligibility.