Be 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.

Student Election Assistant Application 

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 $214.50 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 complete an elections 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.

What are former Wake County Student Election Assistants saying?

Rachel Yao, 2020 Student Election Assistant: "Being part of the election process is super enlightening and it shows how much effort is put into having and running the system that we have in place for voting. It was amazing to see people of all ages come together and help the community vote for something important."

Chalina Morgan-Lopez, 2020 Student Election Assistant: "Working as an election assistant has made me incredibly appreciative of those involved in the elections process: it may not be easy work, but I saw firsthand just how smoothly the process runs when we work together with others in our community."

How can I become a Student Election Assistant?

Submit an application 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.

Student Election Assistant Application 

For more information about Wake County's Student Election Assistant program, send an email to  [email protected].