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Work at the Polls

Simply put, we depend on our poll workers. They play a key role in Election Day tasks and make it possible for us to make the voting process a positive experience for our community. Poll workers may issue ballots, verify names and addresses, register voters, distribute “I Voted” stickers and assist voters. Poll workers earn $150 for training and to work a full day at the polls.

Learn more about a day as a poll worker might look like

  • Poll workers are required to wear a mask for the duration of working at the polling place, no exceptions. Learn more about voting and elections during COVID.
  • Election Day is a 14-hour+ day depending on the election. All poll workers must arrive at their assigned voting precinct by 7 a.m. and remain at the polling place until the ballots are completely counted, which is typically around 9 p.m.
  • Poll workers are NOT allowed to leave their polling place for any reason on Election Day. Bring everything you need for the day with you when you arrive.
  • Poll workers are responsible for bringing their own meals. Make sure you bring enough food to last you the entire day.
  • Elections are very important and even a small error can have significant consequences in the election process. We ask all poll workers to pay special attention to detail in their work.
  • Poll workers must remain politically neutral while working at the polling place.
  • Poll workers must provide their own transportation to their assigned polling place.
  • Poll workers are expected to help prepare the voting area by setting up tables and chairs.
  • Polling places can be busy during peak times. At times, there may even be lines to vote. This can sometimes cause stressful situations for our poll workers who have to deal with impatient voters.
  • Finally, we encourage each of our poll workers to request an absentee ballot to vote. You will NOT be allowed to leave your polling place to vote at another location on Election Day.

If you would like to become a poll worker in Ada County, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Attend mandatory training
  • Wear personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Ability to read and write in English
  • Be able to lift 20 lbs.
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions
  • Remain politically neutral while serving at the polls

Online Assessment

Returning poll workers may take this assessment to measure their knowledge. If you successfully complete the assessment, it counts as your mandatory pre-election training.

Take the assessment

Training Schedule

View the available dates for poll worker training.

Schedule Live Training

Select your training time and sign up online. You may also sign up for training via email, [email protected], or phone at (208) 287-6878.

Sign Up for Training

The following presentations and videos will help prepare you for Election Day. Please review them before class and refer to them as often as you need for guidance.

Poll Worker Supplemental Training Series (9 Videos)

Ada County Poll Worker Training Video

Ballot Scanner Set Up, Use and Reporting

Ballot Scanner Overview Video

Touch Writer Set-up, Use, and Reporting

Touch Writer Over View

E-Poll Book Training

E-Poll Book Training

Please call Mitch with any training questions at (208) 287-6878.