Poll Worker Requirements

Our committed poll workers make elections possible.

A poll worker must:

  • Be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Read and write in English
  • Not be in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony
  • Attend a mandatory training class prior to Election Day
  • Be available to work on Election Day from 6 a.m. until all tasks are completed (approximately 9:00 p.m.)
  • Have transportation to the training class prior to Election Day
  • Be at least 16 years old at the time of the election, be in good standing (with a GPA of 2.5 or above) and have parental/school authorization (student poll workers) 

Working at the polls

Each polling place needs one inspector and at least three judges. The workday begins at 6:00 a.m. and ends at approximately 9:00 p.m. Compensation for Judges is $130 and $155 for Inspectors. $20 for attending a full training and $10 as bilingual pay. The following are the duties of the precinct board:

Judges:

  • Attend a training class for each election
  • Assist in the set-up of the polling place the day before the election
  • Arrive at the polling place by 6:00 a.m. on Election Day
  • Close the polls and remain until all closing procedures are completed
  • May accompany the Inspector to deliver ballots and materials to the ballot drop-off location

Inspectors:

  • Attend a poll worker training class for each election
  • Attend a required Inspector training class for each election
  • Attend a hands-on eSlate training class for each election
  • Contact the polling place ahead of time and arrange for entry by 6:00 a.m. on Election Day
  • Collect your supplies from one of the three distribution sites the Thursday before the election
  • Check your supplies to verify you'll have everything you'll need
  • Set up the voting booths, tables, and other precinct supplies with the help of the Judges on the afternoon or evening before the election
  • Assign tasks, arrange breaks and mealtimes at the polling place
  • Close the polls and remain until all closing procedures are completed
  • Return ballots and materials to the ballot drop-off location (accompanied by one Judge)

Student Poll Workers:

Students who meet certain criteria are eligible to work in a polling place. The compensation for student poll workers is the same as regular poll workers. 

In order to be a student poll worker you must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age at the time of the election
  • Be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident 
  • Be in good standing with school and community (with a GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale)
  • Have parental/school authorization