Become a Poll Worker

ACLU of Ohio Vote Center

 
It only takes one person to make a difference. Anyone 17 and older can be a poll worker. Why not you?

To work at the polls, you must be:

  • 18 years of age by Election Day.
  • Registered to vote.
  • Complete poll worker training, which you will be paid to attend.

On Election Day…

  • You’ll help voters sign in and find their voting location.
  • Make sure voting machines are working properly.
  • Help enforce the rules that maintain the fairness and security of the day’s election.
  • Work from 6 a.m. until your polling place finishes tallying votes, which would be sometime after 8 p.m.
Volunteer providing assistance to voter

Call or email your local board of elections to find out how to apply for this rewarding paid job opportunity. Every county has a different deadline, so make sure your application is in as soon as possible. Being a poll worker is a demanding job, which is why we need capable, patient voters like you to rise to the challenge.

Poll Workers with Disabilities Read more ↕

Being a poll worker means interaction with your community and an opportunity to show the public that people with disabilities enjoy the rights and opportunities available to everyone. What better way to break down barriers?

As a poll worker, you can:

  • Identify and fix issues of accessibility.
  • Create ease for voters using adaptive voting machines.
  • Ensure polling sites are comfortable and accessible to everyone, especially for people with disabilities.

 

Student Poll Workers Read more ↕

Would you like community service, extra credit, additional pocket money, or a boost to your college application? You can apply, if you are…

  • Fair-minded, patient, and ready to help fellow voters.
  • 17 and registered to vote by Election Day.
  • In good academic standing.

Here are some of what you can expect when you apply…

  • You’ll need to register to vote.
  • Get your parents and school officials to sign a permission form.
  • Attend a few-hour evening or weekend paid-training session.

 

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