Poll workers — also referred to as “Election Officers” — are a critical component of the American election process and serve a vital role in ensuring the integrity of our vote. Responsibilities include signing in registered voters, explaining voting procedures and the use of voting equipment, providing ballots, and monitoring the conduct of the election.
Go to our Becoming a Poll Worker page for details about how to apply.
We maintain a poll worker training page with the latest training materials, including videos and PDFs. Poll workers will also find information about pre-election pickups, election night drop-offs, and other up-to-the-minute updates.
Go to our Poll Worker Training page for training materials and the latest updates for poll workers.
Every polling place should be staffed by a minimum of five (5) Election Officials:
Judge of Elections
The Judge of Elections oversees all Election Day activities and personnel inside the polls, including the Constable. The Judge opens and closes the polls and is responsible for the paperwork as well as pick up and return of election supplies to the County Election Bureau.
The Majority Inspector will assist the Judge of Elections and share responsibility for the operation of the polling site. Along with the Minority Inspector, this inspector will manage the poll books and assist voter sign-in and delivery of ballots to eligible voters.
The Minority Inspector has the same responsibilities as the Majority Inspector. In addition, the Minority Inspector is expected to appoint a Minority Clerk and sign the provisional ballot envelope. The Minority Inspector will also receive “Envelope B” on election night. This contains a copy of the election results and numbered list of voters. The Minority Inspector must keep this record of election day in the sealed envelope for two years.
The Clerk is appointed by the Minority Inspector to assist in the operations of the polling location on election day. They are tasked with checking in voters, tracking voters in the numbered list of voter books, and delivering ballots.
The Machine Inspector is appointed by the Majority Inspector or if the local precinct board is all of the same party, by the county Board of Elections. The Machine Inspector assists in the operations of the ballot scanning equipment and the ballot marking device on election day. They are tasked with assisting voters and maintaining voter privacy.
|Judge of Elections||$150||For each service precinct. Maximum of 2 precincts.|
|Majority Inspector||$140||For each service precinct. Maximum of 2 precincts.|
|Minority Inspector||$140||For each service precinct. Maximum of 2 precincts.|
|Machine Inspector||$140||For each service precinct. Maximum of 2 precincts.|
|Clerk||$140||For each service precinct. Maximum of 2 precincts.|
|Pick up Supplies||$20||Per election officer.|
|Return Supplies||$20||Per election officer.|
|The supply pay is $20 regardless of how many precincts the election officer is handling. If the person moving supplies is not the Judge of Election, an affidavit must be signed granting permission for the pickup.|
|In-Person Training Pay||$130 full day service
$65 half day
|To qualify for in-person training pay, poll workers must: (1) Complete in-person training, (2) pass the poll worker test, and (3) serve successfully on Election Day in precinct or as a County-approved standby ready to be assigned.|
|Online Training Pay||$100 full day service
$50 half day
|To qualify for online training pay, poll workers must: (1) Complete online review of the election day guide, (2) pass the poll worker test, and (3) serve successfully on Election Day in precinct or as a County approved-standby ready to be assigned.|
Vacancies in election boards can be filled by interested parties through the submission of the documents contained in our Vacancy Kits.
These are court appointment documents for positions that were not filled by an election or for vacancies caused by a resignation.
The petition due dates and court hearing dates for the November 8, 2022 General Election are:
|Petitions Due in Office||Court Hearing Date and Time|
|Thurs., Sept. 22, 2022||Thurs., Sept. 29, 2022 (10 a.m.)|
|Thurs., Sept. 29, 2022||Thurs., Oct. 6, 2022 (10 a.m.)|
|Thurs., Oct. 6, 2022||Thurs., Oct. 13, 2022 (10 a.m.)|
Note that individuals seeking to fill a vacancy are NOT expected to appear at these Court dates.
Pennsylvania Election Code (25 P.S. §2675) directs that “(c) Vacancies in election boards occurring at any time during the five days immediately preceding any primary or election or on the day of the primary or election may be filled by appointment by the County Board of Elections from a pool of competent persons who are qualified registered electors of the county…Any person appointed to fill a vacancy in accordance with this subsection shall serve as a member of the election board on the day of the primary or election only…”
If you are interested in serving as a member of an election board (aka, working as a Poll Worker) please complete this form.
Note that both new and current Poll Workers must be available to attend one of the County training sessions (in-person and online training is available). The Poll Worker Coordinator Team will contact you regarding your emergency appointment within five days of the election.
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