What is a Student Election Assistant?

Student Election Assistants serve at polling places on Election Day and facilitate the voting process. Student Election Assistants have similar responsibilities as Precinct Officials and are compensated in the same way.


What are the Benefits of being a Student Election Assistant
  • Serving as a Student Election Assistant looks great on resumes and college applications
  • Student Election Assistants earn at least $165 for attending training, helping set up their polling place, and working on Election Day
  • It's a great way to learn about the voting process and serve the community


Who is Eligible to be a Student Election Assistant?

To qualify to be a Student Election Assistant in Wake County, one must:
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be at least 17 years old by Election Day
  • Be a resident of Wake County
  • Be enrolled in a public or private high school or home school
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Have permission from a parent, guardian, or legal custodian
  • Have permission from your school principal or director


What are the Duties of a Student Election Assistant?
  • Must attend a three-hour in-person training class
  • Must help set up the polling place the Monday before Election Day
  • Must arrive to work at the polling place at 6:00 a.m. and remain there until approximately 8:30 p.m.

How Can I Become a Student Election Assistant?

Submit an application (link to the application is below) to the Wake BOE 1-3 months prior to Election Day. Once your application has been received, you will be contacted by the Board of Elections Staffing Team with more information about training and where you will be assigned to work. 


For more information about Wake County's Student Election Assistant program, please send an e-mail to elections@wakegov.com