The Board is always looking for community minded individuals to work Election Day as paid Election Officials. Each precinct is made up of a Chief Judge, Democratic Judge, Republican Judge and a number of Assistants depending upon the type of election. The Judges are appointed to two-year terms and assistants are assigned for each election.
Requirements and Expectations:
- Must be a registered voter in Catawba County
- Must be of good moral character (See state requirements)
- Should be able to read and write accurately, follow directions, work at a fast pace and lift up to 25 lbs
- Should be proficient in using a computer (using a mouse, data lookup, printing, etc.)
- Should be able to work as a team with other precinct officials
- Must be available to work from 13-14 hours on Election Day without leaving the precinct
- Available to attend a 2-3 hour training session in the months leading up to an election
- Available for ~1 hour the day before an election to a assist in setting up the precinct
- [Chief Judge only] must pick up supplies from the Elections Office the day before the election and return them immediately after the polls close. Chief may also be required to obtain and return a key to the polling place facility from the property owner
- No person who is actively working on a candidate’s campaign or actively working for a Party would be allowed to serve as a Poll Worker during that election cycle
- No person who is the wife, husband, mother, father, son, daughter, brother, or sister of any candidate for nomination or election may serve during any primary or election in which such candidate participates
Compensation and Duties:
Poll workers are paid a flat fee for each election worked
Chief Judge - $250
The Chief Judges have primary responsibility for the elections process within their assigned precincts. Chief Judges contact the polling sites to make arrangements for setting up and conducting each election. The Chief Judges also contact the Judges and Assistants to confirm their availability to set-up at the polling sites. Sunday or Monday before the Election, Chief Judges pick up voting supplies from the Board of Elections, and on Election night, they are responsible for returning the supplies back to the office. On Election Day, Chief Judges oversee their assigned polling place and they are responsible for all job assignments, all ballot inventories, and the resolution of any problems that may arise.
Democratic/Republican Judge - $175
The Judges at each precinct are responsible for working closely with the Chief Judges to ensure a successful Election. They must sign all official documents, and serve on a panel to resolve any challenges. Judges will be assigned specific duties to perform on Election Day to serve the voters. And Judges will assist Chief Judges with election set-up and with closing the precincts, including guarding the ballots and securing the building.
Assistant - $150
Assistants serve as team players at their assigned precincts. They will be assigned specific jobs to perform on Election Day, but should be flexible to fill in for other Assistants in their respective jobs if needed. One assistant in each precinct may be required to immediately deliver results to the Elections Office when the polls close—an extra $10 will be paid to the runner. The runner does not return to the precinct.
If you are interested in becoming a Catawba County Poll Worker, fill out an online application form or return a printed and completed Election Official Application.