- County clerks are always in need of responsible, registered voters to serve as a precinct election officer.
- A precinct election officer is a very important person who works the polls all day on election day to ensure that voting is conducted fairly and orderly in each precinct.
- If you are interested in becoming a precinct election officer, please review the qualifications below, and contact your County Clerk for more detailed information.
- Each precinct is required to have 4 precinct election officers serve on the day of the election.
- Each election officer is paid a minimum of $10 for attending a mandatory training session before election day, and a minimum of $60 per election day, as well as additional payment for mileage. Please contact your County Clerk for the exact rate of pay for your county.
- You must be a qualified, registered voter. If you will be 18 years old on or before the General election, you can serve as a precinct election officer.
- You cannot serve if you are a candidate during the election year.
- You cannot serve if are the spouse, parent, brother, sister, or child of a candidate who is to be voted for in that precinct. You may serve in other precincts in which your spouse or relative is not on the ballot.
- You cannot change your party affiliation for one (1) year prior to your appointment as a precinct election officer. However, if you are not registered to vote, you may register to vote prior to volunteering to serve as a precinct election officer.
You must be a responsible person who wants to serve the community in a very important role. Below is a list of duties one must perform while serving as a precinct election officer:
- Attend the required training sessions before the election;
- Your election day will begin at 5:30 AM (or earlier as required by your county board of elections) when you report to your polling place;
- Arrange your polling place with all the necessary election materials and voting equipment in a way to ensure privacy for each voter and security in the voting process;
- The precinct must open by 6:00 AM;
- Process voters and provide any assistance;
- Administer all election laws;
- Treat every voter with respect and courtesy;
- Close the polling place after the last voter in line at 6:00 PM has voted;
- Complete all necessary paper work; and
- Return all election materials to the County Clerk’s office that evening.
The State Board of Elections Precinct Election Officer Guide contains a detailed explanation of a Precinct Election Officer’s duties on election day.