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Election Day Poll Worker Jobs

Not Accepting Applications

Thank you to all of our civic-minded Cobb County community servants who have expressed an interest in becoming poll workers.  We have currently received thousands of applications to staff the polls as poll workers for the upcoming Election and are no longer accepting applications at this time.  If you have already placed an application with us, the application will remain in our database for future elections as needed.  You do not need to reapply.   

With Grateful Hearts, 
Cobb County Elections & Registration

Poll Workers

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 who pay attention to detail.

Qualifications

  • At least 16 years and older
  • U.S. Citizen and can read, write, and speak English
  • Resident of Cobb County or employed by Cobb County
  • No prior felony convictions for at least 10 years
  • Trained for each election

Benefits

  • 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

Positions

Poll Managers

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.

Clerks

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

How do I become a poll worker?
  1. 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.
  2. Second, application, cut on dotted line and mail to Cobb County Board of Elections & Registration, P.O. Box 649, Marietta, GA 30061-0649; or fax to 770-528-2519; or scan and email to [email protected].
  3. 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.
Is this a volunteer position?

No. Poll workers get paid for their services. Currently, the rate of pay per election is $250 for poll managers, $195 for assistant poll managers, and $150 for clerks. Poll workers are also paid $25 to help set up the poll to which they are assigned for Election Day. 

What are the work hours?

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.

What positions are available?

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.

How will I know if I am hired?

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.

What training is required?

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-$70 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.

Do I have to attend a training class every time I work an election?

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.

What about returning poll workers?

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.