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Become a Poll Worker

Be a champion of democracy! Become a poll worker in Pennsylvania.

Elections in Pennsylvania are made possible by thousands of regular citizens serving as poll workers across the Commonwealth. We all depend on responsible workers to run smooth elections. Get involved today!

How to Become a Poll Worker

Although some poll workers are elected to their positions, there is almost always a need for new poll workers to serve on election day. Sometimes there are not enough people who run for the elected positions. Other times, poll workers retire from their positions. There are also certain positions that are always filled by appointment. 

If you are interested in becoming a poll worker, contact your county's election office. You can also ask about how to get involved when you go to vote on election day.  

All poll workers are paid for their time on election day.

Poll Worker Positions

Judge of Elections, Majority Inspector, and Minority Inspector

  • These three positions make up the local election board in each precinct. 
  • The judge of elections is the person in charge at the polling place. 
  • The judge of elections and the majority and minority inspectors work together to manage the polling place, keep track of the number of voters, and make sure that the returns are delivered to the county election office at the end of the day. 
  • These positions are filled during municipal elections every four years. The last time these elections took place was 2017, and the next time will be in 2021. 
  • When the positions are vacant, someone is appointed to the job.

Clerk and Machine Inspector (also known as Machine Operator)

  • These workers support the local election board. They are supervised by the judge of elections.
  • Clerks and machine inspectors help check-in voters, manage the lines, and make sure voters know where to go at each step in the voting process. 
  • Unlike the elected positions, these positions are always filled by appointment.


Poll workers generally work for the entire day on election day, from before the time the polls open at 7:00 am, until after the polls close at 8:00 pm.

Counties train poll workers on their election day duties. The Department of State also has several poll worker training videos available online.