Become an Election Official

Ever wonder what it would be like to help conduct an election? More than 6,000 people are needed on Election Day to help staff the polls, transport ballots and materials, and maintain political balance. With so many different opportunities to get involved, there is something for everyone! Be part of history, support democracy, and have fun while doing it by becoming a poll worker. Your community needs you!



To become an Election Official in Cuyahoga County:

  • You must be at least 17 years of age and registered to vote
    • CLICK HERE to check your voter registration status and you current political affiliation
  • You must be a registered voter in the county in which you plan to work
  • You must not have been convicted of a felony
  • You cannot be running as a candidate for the election in which you are working

 To apply, please submit your application online. For questions or to learn more, please contact bepworker@cuyahogacounty.us or call 216-443-3277. Learn more about each position below.


   


Voting Location Manager

The Voting Location Manager’s primary function is to ensure that the Election Process is handled in an orderly, professional, and lawful manner by providing Poll Workers with the necessary skills, materials and/or information to successfully conduct the election. Serves as technical resource and resolves issues and troubleshoots election equipment. Voting Location Managers must have the ability to interact with individuals from various backgrounds, as well as those with various learning styles.   This position earns $182.10.
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Voting Location Deputy
The Voting Location Deputy’s primary function is to ensure that the Election Process is handled in an orderly, professional, and lawful manner by overseeing all activities performed in their assigned location. The VLD must also have the ability to interact with individuals from various backgrounds, as well as those with various learning styles.   This position earns $182.10.
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Precinct Election Official
A PEO’s primary function is to ensure that the Election Process is handled in an orderly, professional, and lawful manner by performing all duties assigned by the Voting Location Deputy (VLD) of their Precinct. A PEO must also have the ability to interact with individuals from various backgrounds, as well as those with various learning styles.  This position earns $172.10.
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Bilingual Election Official
A Bilingual Poll Worker’s primary function is to ensure that the Election Process is handled in an orderly, professional, and lawful manner by performing all duties assigned by the VLD of their Precinct. A Bilingual Poll Worker must also have the ability to interact with individuals from various backgrounds, as well as those with various learning styles.  This position earns $172.10 + $25.00 for attending bilingual training session.
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Voter Assistance Table Judge
A VAT judge’s primary function is to ensure that the Election Process is handled in an orderly, professional, and lawful manner by performing all duties assigned by the Voting Location Deputy (VLD) of their Precinct. A VAT judge must also have the ability to interact with individuals from various backgrounds, as well as those with various learning styles. This position earns $172.10.
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Drop-off Captain/Rover
Drop-off Captains/Rovers travel to various polling locations to assess and assist with problems related to the voting process, safeguards sensitive documents and supplies, and delivers election-related materials to polling locations on Monday, among other duties. This position earns $11/hour; hours vary on Election Day and the day before.
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Drop-off Assistant
The Drop-off Assistant assists the Drop-off Captain in fulfilling duties, loads and unloads supplies from poll worker and ballot-transportation vehicles, and performs all other duties as assigned. This interactive video will help explain these duties. Base rate $65.00; hours begin at 6:00 p.m. on Election Day until complete.
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Ride Along
Ride Alongs are essential to help maintain political balance on Election Day. They ride with law enforcement officials to and from drop-off locations and the Board of Elections warehouse to deliver ballots and other election materials on the evening of Election Day. Each vehicle is staffed with one Democrat and one Republican. They also help direct cars coming and going from the drop-off locations. This position earns $10/hour and will earn a minimum of $40.00; hours vary by election. 
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