Become an Election Official/Poll Worker
What Is an Election Officer?Election officers work at the polls on election days to ensure elections are run in an honest and well organized manner.
What do Election Officers do?
Election Officers work at the polling places. The duties include:
- arriving at the polling place at 6:30 a.m. on election day
- setting up the voting equipment
- processing voters by checking names off lists and books
- instructing voters on the process of voting
- closing polls, tallying results and returning them to the county building
Is training provided?
Yes, training is provided prior to each election. Precinct election officials are required to attend at least one instruction class prior to each election.
Who can be an Election Officer?You are eligible if you
- are registered to vote in Chester County
- enjoy meeting new people and serving the public
- are detail oriented, able to take direction well, and not easily distracted
- students are encouraged to volunteer
Are Election Workers paid?
Yes, Election Workers, including Judge of Elections and other Election Officials, receive a daily stipend approved by the County Board of Elections for each election. Please contact Voter Services for current rates.
When are election days and what are the hours worked?
Primary elections are always held on the third Tuesday in the month of May, except during a Presidential year, in which case the primary is held on the fourth Tuesday in April. General and Municipal elections are scheduled for the Tuesday following the first Monday in the month of November. Election officials arrive at the polling place at 6:30 a.m. and must remain until the results have been tallied.
How do I apply?
You can contact Chester County Voter Services at (610) 344-6410 during normal business hours: Monday-Friday 8:30AM - 4:30PM, email the Poll Worker Form to Chester County Election Officials or via ground mail to: Chester County Voter Services, 601 Westtown Road, Suite 150, P.O. Box 2747 West Chester, PA 19380-0990.
Professional Civic Partnership Program (PCPP)
The Professional Civic Partnership Program (PCPP) is a bi-partisan initiative sponsored by Chester County Voter Services. PCPP offers a groundbreaking opportunity for local businesses to support for the democratic process in their communities and enhance the social value of their company. The program is simple and is as easy as encouraging employees to work the polls on Election Day without penalty of have to take valuable vacation time from work. There are many benefits to the program including; flexibility, increasing the social wealth of your organization within the community, higher employee morale, and public recognition from the Chester County Commissioners.
A link to program brochure can be found here. We are confident that through the partnerships formed with local businesses, the issue facing upcoming election staffing will be resolved and a sense of community will increase. We hope that you can lend your support.