To be a poll worker, a person must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be 18 years old (except high school student poll workers)
- Be able to read and write fluently in the English language
- NOT be a candidate for any office to be voted on at the polling place at that election
- Be a qualified elector of the county where the polling place is located. Please note Chief Inspectors must be a qualified elector of the municipality where the polling place is located (except for Polling Place Helpers).
A poll worker may also:
- Have strong clerical skills
- Be able to solve problems
- Be an effective communicator.
Poll workers are appointed to two-year terms so you will be asked to make a minimum two-year commitment. However, committing to one election cycle (Primary/General) is also appreciated.
Polling worker shifts can be between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Poll workers can work a full day, generally from 6:30 a.m. until approximately 9:00 p.m. or later in the case of November elections. In many municipalities, election inspectors can work a split shift.