FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WORKING ON THE 2020 ELECTION
When you are an election worker, you help democracy work better.  Before you begin, you might have some questions.

1: Can anyone be a poll worker?

Jurisdictions set their own qualifications.  Many states require poll workers to be registered to vote in their state or local jurisdiction.  Younger people who aren’t yet eligible to vote can still volunteer and serve as poll workers.

2: Can I serve as a poll worker even if I’m not a U.S. citizen?

In most states, you cannot work the polls unless you are a registered voter and citizen.  Check without local administrator.  You can search for that by entering your information on this site.  

3: Do election workers receive any payment?

Local jurisdictions may pay poll workers a stipend for their time and you will be paid with a check for a day’s worth of work.  In some cases, working on the election my be voluntary and is not paid.  

4: What do poll workers do?

Poll workers do many different kind of jobs on Election Day.  These may include helping voters keep a proper physical distance in lines and wiping down machines and equipment to meet current health standards.  You will be helping voters check in, understand their ballots, and cast their vote.  Poll workers also help open and count absentee and mailed ballots.  

5: What training to election workers need”

Many local jurisdictions provide mandatory trainings.  Poll workers will get all the necessary information and skills they need proper to Election Day.

6: What kind of personal protective equipment will be provided to poll workers?  (I.e. masks, gloves, etc.)?

Local organizations and partners are planning to provide PPE.  If you have specific concerns about what exactly will be provided in your jurisdiction, ask your local officials for more information.  Contact information for election can be found at workelections.com

7: Can I be an election worker if I am only available part of the day?

Some jurisdictions may allow you to sign up for shifts during the day.  Others may require you to work all of Election Day.  We suggest you sign up and then let your election officials know about your schedule and availability.  

8: Can I vote while I am working the election?

Many poll workers cast their votes early or by mail.  Others prefer to cast their votes on Election Day itself.  Some jurisdictions may require poll workers to vote early or use absentee ballots.  To be sure of the required procedures, contact your local elections official for details about how poll workers cast their ballots.

9: Does it matter if I’m a Republican, Democrat, or Independent?

Your party affiliation does not matter.  Poll working is a non-partisan activity, but in some states poll workers are matched in pairs based on their party registration.  Some election worker applications may ask for your party registration information.

10: Can I work the polls in a location where I’m not registered to vote?

Some jurisdictions allow individuals to travel and work the polls, even if they are not registered to vote in that location.  But these regulations are different in some areas.  Workelections.com has more information for each jurisdiction.  But we strongly recommend that people to sign up to work locally.  

11: Because of Covid, I’ not comfortable serving this year, even though I have been and election worker in the past.  I would still like to help.  What can I do?

You can provide some assistance by working online, but the most important thing you can do is find someone to replace you.  This year is unique and we need everyone’s help to enlist more election workers. 

Thank you for your interest.  You won’t just be an election worker,you will be a patriot.  

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