Did you know? 

It takes more than 2,000 paid, dedicated volunteers to operate Wake County polling places each election.

These people are your friends, co-workers, and neighbors who give 2–3 days of paid service to ensure you are able to cast your ballot on Election Day.

We need your help, too! More Precinct Officials are needed in your neighborhood. Do your part to provide voting opportunities in your community.

Benefits of Being a Precinct Official 

  • Earn extra cash 
  • Serve your community
  • Meet your neighbors
  • Learn about elections
  • Make new friends
  • Looks great on resumes
  • Fulfill your civic duty 


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What do Precinct Officials do?

As a Precinct Official, you will work at one of Wake County's 206 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 prior to each election. You will attend 1-3 classes based on your job assignment and level of experience. 


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. The compensation varies with your job assignment. Precinct Officials earn $214.50 - $299.50 per election.


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?

Send us an e-mail at elections@wakegov.com.