Become an Election Day Official

Ever wonder what it would be like to help conduct an election? More than 4,500 people are needed on Election Day to help staff the polls, transport ballots and materials, and maintain political balance. Be a part of history, support democracy, and have fun while doing it by becoming an Election Official. Your community needs you!
Election Official Job Application


To become an Election Official in Cuyahoga County:

  • You must be a registered voter in Cuyahoga County. Check your current voter registration status.
  • You must never have been convicted of a felony.
  • You cannot be a candidate for an office or a position and serve as an election official in any precinct where your name appears on the ballot.

To apply, please submit your application online. For questions or to learn more, please contact electionofficials@cuyahogacounty.us or call 216-443-3277.

Positions Available

VOTING LOCATION MANAGER (VLM)

The Voting Location Manager is a part of the Polling Locations Management Team. Their primary function in conjunction with the Voting Location Deputy (VLD) is to ensure that the Election Process is handled in an orderly, professional and lawful manner by providing their Precinct Election Officials with the necessary skills, materials and/or information to successfully conduct the election. Serve as a technical resource and resolve issues and troubleshoot election equipment including assisting the VLD as needed with supervising the VAT table. VLMs must have the ability to interact with individuals from various backgrounds and learning styles and possess good managerial and leadership skills. This position will earn $275 for the November 2020 election.

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VOTING LOCATION DEPUTY (VLD)


The Voting Location Deputy is part of the Polling Location Management Team. Their primary function in conjunction with the Voting Location Manager (VLM), is to ensure that the Election Process is handled in an orderly, professional and lawful manner by providing their Precinct Election Officials with the necessary skills, materials and/or information to successfully conduct the election. The VLD serves as the primary worker at the Voter Assistance Table (Provisional Voters) and assists the VLM as a technical resource to resolve issues and troubleshoot election equipment. The VLD must have the ability to interact with individuals from various backgrounds and learning styles. This position will earn $275 for the November 2020 election.

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PRECINCT ELECTION OFFICIAL (PEO)

A Precinct Election Official’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 Manager (VLM) of their polling location. A PEO must have the ability to interact with individuals from various backgrounds and learning styles. This position will earn $250 for the November 2020 election.

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BILINGUAL ELECTION OFFICIAL (PEOST)

A Bilingual Precinct Election Official’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 Manager of their polling location. A PEOST must have the ability to interact with individuals from various backgrounds and learning styles. A PEOST is also responsible for translating voting instructions and providing assistance to Spanish speaking voters with limited English proficiency. This position will earn $250 for the November 2020 election.

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ELECTION SUBSTITUTE OFFICIAL (ESO)

The Election Substitute Official’s primary function is to report to a Polling Location as needed to replace an absent PEO on Election Day. Must be able and willing to travel throughout Cuyahoga County; attend and pass PEO training; be available by phone from 5:30-8:30 p.m. the Monday Night before Election Day; report to the BOE Warehouse at 5:15 a.m. on Election Day; report to your assigned Polling Location within 45 minutes if needed. This position earns $100 per election if you DO NOT work (released at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday), $250 for the November 2020 election if you do work.

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SANITATION OFFICIAL

 The Sanitation Official is tasked with sanitizing the voting booths, pens, tables, chairs and other equipment inside the polling location. This person will assist poll workers with the setup of the polling location so that it's arranged in a manner that adheres to social distancing guidelines and will ensure that these guidelines are maintained throughout Election Day. The Sanitation Official does NOT take on the tasks of a traditional PEO but is exclusively responsible for the location being safe for both voters and workers.

This position will earn $250 for the November 2020 election.

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 ROVER/DROP-OFF CAPTAIN


Rovers/Drop-Off Captains travel to various polling locations to assess and assist with problems related to the voting process, safeguard sensitive documents and supplies, and deliver election-related materials to the polling locations on Monday, among other duties. Rovers are responsible for monitoring activity outside of a Polling Location and ensuring that parking and the entrance to the location are accessible for all voters. This position will $12.50 per hour ($10 bonus for Drop-Off Captains) for the November 2020 election. Start time is Monday at 12 p.m.; Election Day 5 a.m. Will be expected to work late into the evening both Monday and Tuesday night.

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BALLOT DROP-OFF ASSISTANT

The Ballot Drop-Off Assistant helps the Drop-Off Captain in fulfilling duties, loads and unloads supplies from PEOs and ballot-transportation vehicles, and performs all other duties as assigned. This position will earn $100 for the November 2020 election; hours begin at 6:00 p.m. on Election Day until complete.

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ELECTION TRANSPORT OFFICIAL

Election Transport Officials 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. This position will earn $18.50/hour for the November 2020 election

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