How to Become a

Poll Worker

What is a poll worker?

Poll workers are qualified electors residing in the county and appointed by the county board of elections to conduct the elections in a polling location in that county.  By law, the Board of Elections must appoint at least four poll workers per precinct, except in certain Special Elections.

Why am I needed?

Without our poll worker’s commitment to public service and their communities, elections would not be possible.  Poll Workers help ensure that the election process at the polls is both fair and impartial and that the election laws set forth by the State of Ohio are properly carried out.

What does being a poll worker involve?

Attend a training class

In-person training is required of all poll workers.  The class, about two hours long, is held a few weeks prior to the election at a location designated by the Board of Elections.

Set up your polling location on Monday prior to election.

You may be asked to assist the Voting Location Manager in setting up your polling location on Monday prior to election.

Serve the entire Election Day

On Election Day, poll workers must report by 6:00 a.m. at the polling location.  Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  All poll workers must remain at the location after the polls close to pack up equipment.  Most poll workers are finished by 8:30 p.m.  Breaks are offered through the day.

How much will I be paid?

Poll Workers in Preble County earn $25.00 for attending a training class and $101.50 for Election Day.

Who is eligible to be a poll worker?

To be a poll worker in Preble County, you must be:

  • A United States Citizen with transportation
  • A registered voter in Preble County or a 17 year old High School Senior
  • Have never been convicted of a felony
  • Able to read and write in English
  • Willing to attend a training class
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs. with assistance from another individual
  • Available for current and future elections

Where will I work?

You will be assigned a polling location.  Every effort will be made to place you in your location or near your residence.

When am I needed?

Ohio has three types of elections:  primary, general and special.  All polling locations must be fully staffed for each election.

How do I sign up?

Call the Preble County Board of Elections at 937-456-8117 or 937-456-8118

or click here to complete an application online.