Become an Election Worker

Conducting successful elections is only possible because of the dedicated, civic-minded poll workers who staff voting locations across Idaho. Becoming a poll worker is an excellent opportunity to actively contribute to your community and play a fundamental role in supporting the electoral system.

Election workers, also known as poll workers or election officials, are community members who participate in the administration of elections. Poll workers earn a daily rate that varies by county and position.


  • Setting up/opening the polling place
  • Assisting voters
  • Closing the polling place


County elections offices provide all the training you need to be successful. There are only a few requirements to be an election worker:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Be able to read and write English


Election workers receive training leading up to Election Day. These trainings will give you the skills to understand the election equipment and how to assist voters.

What to Expect on Election Day

  • 14-hour day
  • Election workers typically work the entire day on Election Day, including setting up before polls open at 8 a.m. until after polls close at 8 p.m.
  • Dress appropriately and comfortably (no attire with political affiliations)
  • Bring food and beverages to last throughout the day — meals are not provided

If you have further questions about becoming a poll worker, please get in touch with your County Clerk’s office.

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