Working as an Election Officer
County clerks are always in need of responsible, registered voters to serve you 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.
- 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 you 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.
- Attend the required training sessions before the election;
- Your election day will begin at 5:30 a.m. (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 a.m.;
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 p.m. 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 2020 General Precinct Election Officers' Guide with Appendix.pdf contains a detailed explanation of a Precinct Election Officer's duties on election day.