Poll Worker FAQ
How needed are poll workers?
With record-breaking turnout expected in November, counties need to recruit more poll workers than ever before. Having enough poll workers helps to keep lines short at the polls and helps to ensure a positive experience for voters. Please encourage your network to support your community by signing up to serve as a potential poll worker here: https://securevotega.com/pollworker-signup/
What are the requirements to serve as a poll worker?
To serve as a poll worker, you must be:
- 16 years of age or over
- A resident or employee of the county where you serve as a poll worker
- Able to read, write, and speak English
The requirements to be a poll worker in Georgia are listed in O.C.G.A. § 21-2-92.
Are poll workers paid?
Yes! Poll workers are hired and trained by Georgia’s 159 counties. While compensation rates may vary by county, clerks generally earn about $60 – $140 per day, plus $20 – $30 for training days. Poll Managers and Assistant Poll Managers may earn more.
How do I apply to be a poll worker?
All hiring and staffing decisions are made by the county. If you are interested in serving as a poll worker, please provide your contact information at https://securevotega.com/pollworker-signup/. Additionally, you may contact your elections office directly here.
What is the job of a poll worker?
Poll workers serve in a variety of capacities that may include setting up the polling place and voting machines, checking-in voters, ensuring that all election rules and laws are followed, submitting all required paperwork, and handing out “I Voted” stickers. You can find the poll worker training manual and access videos about being a poll worker on the Secretary of State’s poll worker resource website: https://georgiapollworkers.sos.ga.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Who trains poll workers?
Under Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 21-2-99) the county election superintendent is responsible for providing adequate training to all poll officers and poll workers regarding the use of voting equipment, voting procedures, all aspects of state and federal law applicable to conducting elections, and the poll officers’ or poll workers’ duties. Many counties have online training materials and videos as well as provide hands-on training.
Who can I reach out to if I need assistance on Election Day?
Your training will cover a variety of possible scenarios, and your county will provide you with contacts that you can reach out to during Election Day for support.
Can I choose which precinct I work in?
The county elections officials will make your assignment based on the needs of the county. You could be assigned to your own polling place, but there is no guarantee.
When do poll workers vote?
You should plan to vote before Election Day unless you are assigned to your own polling place. Georgia voters have the option to vote during three weeks of early voting or by mailed absentee ballot. You may request a mailed absentee ballot here.
Will I need to commit to working for the entire time on Election Day?
Poll workers take an oath at the beginning of the day and are required to remain on the job until the polls close and the paperwork is finished with some exceptions for emergencies. Most poll workers should expect to serve from 6:00 A.M. until the polls close and the paperwork is completed after 7:00 P.M. You should plan to sit and stand for much of the day and dress accordingly.
High School poll workers serving through the Student Teen Election Participant (STEP) program are expected to work for only 4-6 hours under O.C.G.A. § 21-2-92.
Why do I need to be ready to work at 6:00 A.M. on Election Day?
Polls open at 7:00 A.M. You will need to be in place at 6:00 A.M. to set up the voting equipment. Everyone will have an important job to do to ensure Election Day runs smoothly.
Will meals be provided?
While some polling places may have lunches and dinners available, it is recommended that you plan to bring your own meals for the day as this varies by county. Please ask your poll manager for further information.