What is a Poll Worker?

What is a poll worker?
Poll workers are qualified electors residing in the county and appointed by the county board of elections to conduct the elections in a polling location in that county.  By law, the Board of Elections must appoint at least four poll workers per precinct, except in certain Special Elections.

Why am I needed?
Without our poll workers' commitment to public service and their communities, elections would not be possible. Poll Workers help ensure that the election process at the polls is both fair and impartial and that the election laws set forth by the State of Ohio are properly carried out.

What does being a poll worker involve?

Attend a training Class

In-person training required of all poll workers usually takes about three hours and is offered at the Board of Elections office at 1802 Princeton Road, Hamilton, OH  45011.  Training is offered during the weeks before Election Day with classes in the morning, afternoon and evening available.

Set up your polling place on Monday Evening
Poll workers are required to help set up their assigned polling place on the Monday evening before Election Day.  Set up begins at 6:30pm and usually is complete by 8:30pm.

Serve the whole day on Election Day
On Election Day, poll workers must report at 5:30am to ready the location for voters.  Polls are open from 6:30am to 7:30pm.  All poll workers must remain at the location after the polls close to pack up equipment.  Most poll workers are finished by 8:30pm. Breaks are offered through the day.

How much will I be paid?
Poll workers in Butler County earn between $165 and $188 for each election.

Who is eligible to be a poll worker?
To be a poll worker in Butler County, you must be:

  • A United States Citizen with transportation
  • A registered voter in Butler County or a 17 year old High School Senior
  • Have never been convicted of a felony
  • Able to read and write in English
  • Willing to attend a training session
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs with assistance from another individual
  • Available for current or future elections
Where will I work?
You will be assigned a polling place.  Most of our polling places are in schools or other public buildings.  Every effort will be made to place you in a location near your residence.

When am I needed?
Ohio has three types of elections:  a primary, a general  and a special election.  All polling locations must be fully staffed for each election. Click here to find out what elections are upcoming.

How do I sign up?
Click here to complete an application online.

Or call us at 513-785-5711 or 424-0469 (Middletown area)