How To Become A Precinct Official/Poll Worker
A precinct official is a person that facilitates the voting process for registered voters at a polling site.
In order to be a Precinct Official/Poll worker a person: (G.S. 163–41)
- Must be registered to vote in Alexander County
- Must not be an elected government official, manager, or treasurer for any candidate or political party
- Must not be a candidate in the election or a candidate’s spouse, parent, sibling, or child.
- Typically it is expected that a poll worker be registered with a political party. However, unaffiliated workers can be used in order to fill vacancies.
- While not required, being familiar with computers is preferred.
A precinct official/ poll worker must be able to serve on the Primary/Election day. All officials must arrive at their polling site no later than 6:00am. Poll workers remain at their polling site until all votes have been counted and the appropriate documents have been signed.
Precinct Officials are required to attend training prior to Primary and General elections, according to General Statute 163–82.24(B). The training is conducted by the Board of Elections Office and lasts approximately 1 and a half hours. The trainings are typically scheduled in the evening to accommodate work schedules.
Precinct officials are compensated for their time in training as well as for their service on election day(s). The current wages are as follows:
|Position||Training||Pickup Supplies||Election Day|
|Election Day Rover||–||–||$170|
Runners are paid an additional $20.00 (A chief judge cannot serve as a runner unless in an emergency).