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 November 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
High School Student Poll Workers
Students, ages 16 and older, have a unique opportunity to experience a fundamental part of the voting process here in Cobb County. Students assigned to work as Clerks in the polling places on Election Day can earn $150 for working Election Day, $20-70 for training, and $25 for helping on set up day.
Students that work the polls can earn their Social Studies Civic Engagement Diploma Seal, by fulfilling a requirement of working 15 community service hours dedicated to participating in a civic engagement activity. Working the election polls counts as a civic engagement activity. Our office will give all students documentation after they work.
For more information about the Civic Engagement Diploma Seal, please click HERE.
- Attend Training
- Set up and Open the Polling Place
- Greet Voters
- Assist Voters
- Close the Polling Place
- At least 16 years old
- U.S. Citizen- with the ability to read, write, and speak English
- Provide your own transportation
- Resident of Cobb County
Being a Student Poll Worker
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.
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.
Students, like all poll workers, must provide their own transportation to and from the polling place. Ask a parent, family member, or friend and schedule a ride as soon as you know you will be working.
While you may bring a cell phone and tablet to the polling place, you are only allowed to use them while on break and not in the enclosed polling space. Electronics, of any kind, are not allowed in the polling place while the polls are open. You may bring a book or homework to work on if there is down time during your shift.
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-$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.
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.