Work at the Polls - Elections

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Work at the Polls

Thank you for your interest in becoming a poll worker in Ada County. Poll workers play a crucial role on Election Day and help make sure everything runs smoothly for voters. Each election, we depend on more than 1,000 poll workers to operate our 150 voting precincts and early voting sites. If you want to help people participate in one of country’s most democratic processes, we invite you to come and work with us.

We want to make sure we provide you with all of the information you need to decide if becoming a poll worker is the right fit for you. On this page, you will find details on the expectations for poll workers, requirements of the job, an application and details on training.

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 $125 for training and to work a full day at the polls.

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

  • 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 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
  • Ability to read and write in English
  • Be able to life 20 lbs.
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions

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 for the upcoming November 5, 2019 Election.

View Training Calendar (PDF)

Schedule Live Training

Select your training time and sign up online. If you would like to sign up for a group, call Chris at (208) 287-6861.

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)

Ballot Scanner Set Up, Use and Reporting

Touch Writer Set-up, Use, and Reporting

Please call Chris with any training questions at (208) 287-6861.