Civic participation is a cornerstone of our democracy, and poll workers are a critical component of the American electoral process and serve a vital role in ensuring the integrity of our vote. We thank poll workers for their service!
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 is of the opposing political party of the Judge and will help ensure bi-partisan representation on the local election board. 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 Minority 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 Operator is appointed by the Majority Inspector. If additional inspectors are needed, they may be appointed by the county Board of Elections. The Machine Operator 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.
Election Day Constable (Optional)
The Elected Constable of the township or borough appoints the Election Day Constable. This appointment must be approved by the Court prior to Election Day and this Election Day Constable must be able to produce a certificate when appearing at the polls to work. As with all other members of the local election board, Election Constables work under the direction of the Judge and must work a full day in order to be paid.
|Judge of Election||$150||For each service precinct, 2 precinct maximum|
|Majority Inspector||$140||For each service precinct, 2 precinct maximum|
|Minority Inspector||$140||For each service precinct, 2 precinct maximum|
|Machine Operator||$140||For each service precinct, 2 precinct maximum|
|Clerk||$140||For each service precinct, 2 precinct maximum|
|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.|
|Training Compensation||$130||To qualify for training pay, the poll worker must: (1) Complete in-person or online review of the election day guide, and (2) pass the poll worker test, and (3) serve successfully on Election Day in precinct or as a standby ready to be assigned.|
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 volunteering to work as a district election board member, please send the Bureau of Elections a letter or email listing your name, registered address and contact phone number. Please indicate if you are interested in working only in your polling location, a polling location only in your municipality (town, borough, city) or if you are willing to be assigned anywhere within the County.
You must be available to attend one of the County training sessions. The Bureau will contact you regarding your emergency appointment within five days of the primary or election.
Vacancies in election boards can be filled by interested parties through the submission of documents contained in our Vacancy Kits.
These are count appointment documents for positions that were not filled by an election or for vacancies caused by a resignation.
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