Becoming a Poll Worker
What is a Poll Worker?
Poll Workers are the backbone of our election system. Being a poll worker is an enjoyable and rewarding way to take an active part in our free democratic process. This trusted position is ideal for anyone who would like to get a first-hand look at how our system works and provides citizens their opportunity to vote. Many poll workers serve year after year for the experience of being an integral part of the election process.
On Election Day, Poll Workers welcome all voters, facilitate voting, conduct precinct operations in accordance with election laws and follow defined procedures.
Poll Worker Qualifications
- You must be a United States citizen
- A resident of the county in which the election is held
- 16 years of age or over
- Shall be able to read, write and speak the English language
- Not a convicted felon or rights relating have been restored
- Shall not run for nor hold a public office while serving as a poll worker
- A parent, spouse, child, brother, sister, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law of a candidate is listed on the ballot
- Preferably a registered voter.
Time & Compensation
All poll workers report to their assigned polling place by 6:00 a.m. and remain for their workday until released by the Poll Manager. This may be 8:00 p.m. or longer.
Poll Workers, except volunteers, are paid for their services.
The Supervisor of Elections will provide mandatory training of all poll workers each election cycle.
Pay for training is included in the Election Day check
All Poll Workers must work their assigned time on Election Day in order to receive compensation for training.
Where/How to Apply
Print a Poll Worker Application and remit or contact:
Wendy Waddell, Poll Worker Program Coordinator
Cherokee County Board of Elections & Registration
Phone: 770-479-0407 EXT 0227