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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. Counties need responsible workers to run smooth elections. Get involved today!

How to Become a Poll Worker

In Pennsylvania, there are two ways to become a poll worker. You may either be elected on the ballot or appointed to the position.

  • Judge of Elections, Majority Inspector, and Minority Inspector – Elected every four years during municipal elections. When the position is vacant, someone is appointed to the job.
  • Clerk – Appointed by the majority or minority inspector.
  • Machine Inspector/ Machine Operator – Appointed as needed by the county board of elections.
All poll workers are paid for their time on election day.

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. 


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.