PA counties issue call for poll workers for upcoming November 7 elections


To ensure elections run smoothly across the Commonwealth, the Department of State is calling on citizens to consider serving as poll workers in the upcoming election on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Open positions vary by county but may include judge of elections, majority inspector and minority inspector, which are elected positions. Counties also need clerks and machine operators/inspectors at each precinct. These positions are filled by appointment.

Counties train poll workers on their election day duties. Workers receive payment for training and for their service on election day.

In order to serve, you must be registered to vote in the county where you wish to work. Exceptions exist for 17-year-old high school students; contact your county election office for more information. Government officials and government employees generally are not allowed to serve as poll workers. Likewise, you are not permitted to serve if your name appears on the ballot.

Poll workers generally work for the entire day on election day, from before the time the polls open at 7 a.m., until after the polls close at 8 p.m.

People interested in serving as poll workers should start by filling out this form. If you have questions, call 877-VOTESPA (877-868-3772) or email [email protected].