Contribute to your Community! Become a Poll Worker!
Thank you to all of our civic-minded Cobb County community servants who have expressed an interest in becoming Election Day Poll Workers. Applications will be accepted and information placed in our database, however not all applicants will be interviewed or hired until we have a need. Applicants will be called and interviewed prior to an election if new workers are needed for that election. If you have already placed an application with us, the application will remain in our database for future elections. You do not need to reapply.
If you have previously applied to be a poll worker and no longer wish to be considered, please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With Grateful Hearts,
Cobb County Elections & Registration
Complete this electronic application, and hit submit. If you have never applied to be a pollworker previously, please click the "APPLY ONLINE" button to proceed. Should you experience issues, email email@example.com for support.
NOTE: If you have already placed an application with us, the application will remain in our database for future elections. You do not need to reapply.
Cobb County continually looks for residents that want to serve their community by working on election day as a poll worker. Election day poll workers will help set up and open the polling place, greet voters, assist voters, and close the polling place.
We are looking for workers who take pride in their work, are patient, take direction well, and pay attention to detail.
- A Judicious, Intelligent and Upright citizen of the United States
- At least 16 years of age
- Can read, write, speak and understand the English language
- A resident of Cobb County, employed by Cobb County or a resident of a neighboring county*
- *A Poll Worker Employment Waiver must be completed and approved by the residing county, if you are a resident of the following counties Bartow, Cherokee, Douglas, Fulton & Paulding. (O.C.G.A. § 21-2-92(a)(2) )
- Poll Worker Employment Waiver Adjoining County Form
- No prior felony convictions for at least 10 years
- Attend Mandatory Training
- Reliable Transportation to and from training and election day
- Not a candidate for office or an immediate relative of a candidate for office in the assigned poll
- Not hold a public office
- Ability to perform duties and functions of a poll worker
- Able to satisfy I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Requirements**
- **As of 2022 an I-9 form must be completed and verified prior to working each election.
- Get paid to serve your community
- Unique Opportunity to experience the fundamental part of the voting process
- Cultivate an interest in the election process
- Work side by side with your neighbors
- Gain resume experience
These Managers oversee the precinct and have added responsibilities prior to election day, such as picking up the supplies and inspecting the polling place. On election night, the Poll Manager and one other Poll Worker must deliver the election evidence to the elections preparation center. To apply for this position, you must work at least one election before being considered.
Assistant Poll Managers
These positions supervise other workers, gain experience at designated stations, and help the Poll Manager as assigned. On Election Night, this position may be required to accompany the Poll Manager to drop off election evidence. To apply for this position, you must work at least one election before being considered.
This position, along with the management team, greet voters, determine eligibility, and assist voters as needed throughout the day. On Election Night, this position may be required to accompany the Poll Manager to drop off election evidence.
Being a Poll Worker
- First, you must be at least 16 years old, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Cobb County, or an employee of Cobb County government. You must be able to read, write, and speak the English language and have had no prior felony convictions for at least 10 years.
- Second, complete the electronic poll worker application.
- Third, attend a required training session prior to each election which will make you eligible as a poll worker. You must provide your own transportation. You will be required to provide documents that establish your identification and your employment authorization.
No. Poll workers get paid for their services. Currently, the rate of pay per election is $275 for poll managers, $225 for assistant poll managers, $200 for back up poll managers and $180 for clerks. Poll workers are also paid $30 to help set up the poll for which they are assigned on Election Day.
All poll workers must be at their assigned polling place at 6 a.m. on Election Day until approximately 9 p.m. The day ends when all election evidence is reconciled, and all materials have been packed away.
The Poll Manager is in charge of the precinct and has added responsibilities prior to Election Day, such as picking up the supplies before Election Day and inspecting the polling place. On election night, the Poll Manager must deliver the election evidence to the elections preparation center.
The Assistant Poll Manager supervises other workers and helps the Poll Manager where needed.
All workers, including Clerks, will greet voters, determine eligibility, and assist voters as needed. One worker accompanies the Poll Manager on election night to drop off election evidence. Poll workers must work at least one election before being considered for Poll Manager or Assistant Poll Manager positions.
An area supervisor will contact you and ask if you are available to work the election. You will receive a letter explaining what is required to complete the hiring process.
All poll workers are required by law to attend training prior to each election. Your area supervisor will work with you to schedule the day and time of each class. Poll workers will be paid $20 for online training and $40-$95 for in-person training. Your area manager will decide what type of training is needed.
If a poll worker is not trained prior to an election, he or she will not be allowed to work the polls on Election Day.
Yes, law requires that a poll worker must be trained prior to working any election (with the exception of a runoff). Procedures, laws and rules can change prior to every election being held.
If you are an active poll worker, you do not have to apply again. Your record will remain active in our database if you have worked at the polls in the past.
If you have additional questions, please contact us at 770-528-2581.