Be a Democracy Hero by working the election!
Why is help needed now?
- Counties rely on trained election workers for each election. Many election workers are over 65 and are not available to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Counties need to increase the number of trained poll workers and election judges to cover absences and prevent the closure of polling places.
- The earlier these jobs are filled, the more training can occur.
- Help is needed to cover more early voting hours and new COVID-19 related tasks.
How can I help?
What does a county poll worker do?
- At each polling location, poll workers check in voters, answer voters’ questions, set up and test voting machines, issue ballots, etc.
- Poll workers help voters who encounter problems - from registration issues to voter ID questions to language barriers.
- Poll workers may be trained to help with COVID-19 related tasks.
When would I work?
- Poll workers are needed during each day of early voting and on election day.
- Each county determines the hours poll workers are needed.
- More election-related jobs may be available.
Who can apply?
- Any person, at least 16 years of age, interested in helping democracy work at the local level.
- High school and college students: this is a great way to learn hands-on about elections! FAQs from the Texas Secretary of State on high school election clerks.
What training is provided?
- The Texas Secretary of State offers general online poll worker training.
- Poll workers are trained on the voting process and election rules.
- Each county provides training on their specific election equipment and procedures.
- Specific election worker training is provided regarding COVID-19.
What polling place safety measures will be in place?
- The Texas Secretary of State provides the following guidelines
- The CDC offers recommendations for Election Polling Place Safety
- Check with your county election official for country-specific guidelines.