Poll Worker 101
Depending on the election, the Registrars hire between 150 and 225 poll workers. Only 70% of the poll workers return each year, so new poll workers are always welcome to apply.
Working the polls is a wonderful service to the community. And you get paid as well. The pay ranges from $225 to $315 per day. It does require working a long day, and getting trained, and dealing with individuals who may at times be frustrated (or frustrating!).
In very rare cases, poll workers have even been fined by the State Elections Enforcement Commission if they do something wrong. All that being said, in 99.9% of the cases working the polls is a rewarding experience as you help to facilitate democracy.
What You Need to Know
- Poll Workers will be working a minimum of 15 consecutive hours at an election or primary. Poll workers are expected to bring their own lunch and dinner, and will be given appropriate meal and rest breaks. (In some extraordinary cases, a Registrar may hire a "pair" of poll workers to split a position for a day).
- Depending on the position, poll workers will need to come to a training class which lasts 1 hour. For more complex positions (Moderator and Assistant Registrar), training is 3 hours.
- Training is required annually before each primary or election.
- Moderators (the Chief Polling Place Official) must also take a 4 to 5 hour class every two years which is given in the evening by a special Moderator Trainer.
In most cases, you will be asked to start at one of the more basic positions (Official Identification Checker or Ballot Clerk). As you grow in experience you may be asked to take a position with more responsibility, such as Assistant Registrar or Moderator. A copy of the training instructions for each of the positions is now online. Please feel free to review them and give the registrars your thoughts on the position you would like to be assigned.
Please note: For the 2020 Presidential Election, there will be additional opportunities to wprk processing and counting absentee ballots,. If you can work the days before and after Election Day, please indicate that on your application.