Did you know?
It takes more than 2,000 people to operate Wake County polling places each election.
These people are your friends, coworkers and neighbors who give 2–3 days of paid service to ensure you have a place to vote on Election Day. We need your help, too! More poll workers are needed in your neighborhood. Do your part to provide voting opportunities in your community.
Benefits of Being a Precinct Official
What do precinct officials do?
As a precinct official, you will work at one of Wake County's
200 polling places. Precinct officials set up supplies and voting equipment, assist voters, verify their registration, issue ballots and manage crowds. Precinct officials are assigned to positions based on their strengths, interests and experience. Learn more about precinct official assignments.
Will I receive training?
YES. All precinct officials are required by law to attend training classes before each election. You will attend 1–4 classes based on your job assignment and level of experience. We offer a "Precinct Official Boot Camp" class designed just for beginners. You will receive payment for attending training classes unless you fail to work on Election Day.
How much will I get paid?
Precinct officials are paid a flat rate for attending training, setting up supplies the evening before Election Day, and working on Election Day. Compensation varies with your job assignment and the number of classes you are required to attend. Precinct officials can earn up to $270 per election. Learn more about compensation rates.
What are the qualifications to become a precinct official?
- Must be a Wake County registered voter (or become registered if eligible)
- Must not be a candidate or relative of a candidate in the election
- Must not be an elected government official, hold office with a political party or be a manager or treasurer for a candidate or political party
- Must not serve at the same polling place as a spouse, child, spouse of a child, sister or brother
What are the requirements of precinct officials?
Must have reliable transportation to and from the polling place
Must work all day on Election day (6 a.m. to approximately 9 p.m.)
Must assist with the setup of election supplies and voting equipment on the Monday evening before Election Day
Must not promote or discuss any candidate, political party, policy or cause while working on Election Day
Must attend all required training classes before each election
Must work on Election Day in order to receive payment for attending training
Where can I view a list of upcoming election dates?
View a list of all upcoming election dates.
Questions about becoming a precinct official?