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What is a Poll Worker?

Poll Workers are the front line representatives for the Board of Elections on Election Day, and are one of the most important components of the election process.

What does a Poll Worker do?

Poll Workers set up, manage, and close the polling place.

Poll Workers assist voters in exercising their right to vote.

Poll Workers prevent fraud in the election process.

Is this Position Voluntary?

No.  Poll Workers are compensated for their work based on their position plus for attending training.

The minimum compensation is $150.

What are the Positions and Responsibilities of a Poll Worker?

Judge of Election

  • Elected position with a term of 4 years.
  • Supervisor of the precinct.
  • Oversees all of the tasks and activities at the precinct on Election Day. 
  • Completes all the precinct paperwork
  • Returns the results to the Election Office after the polls are closed.

Inspectors of Election

There are two inspectors, Majority and Minority Inspectors.

  • Elected positions with a term of 4 years.
  • Assists the Judge of Elections with checking in and verifying voters.
  • Responsible for the district register and the numbered list of voters. 
  • One Inspector travels with the Judge of Election to return the results to the Elections Office after the polls are closed.


  • Appointed positions.
  • Escort voters to the voting machines.
  • Fill in for the Inspectors when needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Judge of Elections.

What are the Qualifications to be a Poll Worker?

  • Be a registered voter in Washington County.
  • Attend a training session.
  • Have reliable transportation.
  • Be able to work Election Day from poll opening to poll closing (7:00 am to 8:00 pm).
  • Be courteous and polite.
  • Remain non-partisan throughout the day regardless of voter remarks and questions.

Why Should I Be a Poll Worker?

  • You help your community. 
  • You are a part of the democratic election process.
  • You earn extra money.

How Do I Become a Poll Worker?


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