Are you looking for a way to have an impact on the 2020 election? Combat voter suppression? Or maybe you want to help your community navigate the current public health crisis? We have the answer for you — serve as an election worker in the November election!
If you’re looking for the best way to support voters and help Democrats win on Election Day, serve as an election worker. We need thousands of Texans to help staff our polling places and ensure Democrats have their voices heard in the upcoming general election on November 3. Our election workers are the ones who make our democracy work — while getting paid for it.
Once you sign up, you’ll be assigned a polling place where you’ll serve on Election Day.
Together with the other workers, you will:
- Greet and check voters in,
- Assist voters in using the voting equipment,
- Answer voters questions and ensure they have a good voting experience, and
- Set up and close down the polling place.
You’ll receive training on all aspects of your role. On Election Day, an experienced election judge, who is typically in charge, can guide you throughout the day and answer your questions on-site. Election workers can earn $100-$200 for working Election Day, depending on your county.
You’re an ideal election worker if you:
- Are a people person,
- Are a problem solver, and
- Will go the extra mile to ensure an eligible voter can vote.
- You must be a registered voter in your county as well.
A typical day serving as an election worker might look something like:
- 5:00AM – Wake up and get ready
- 5:40AM – Travel to your assigned polling place
- 6:00AM – Meet other election workers and set up the polling place: booting up the machines, and arranging them on site
- 7:00AM – Start checking in voters, checking their IDs and recording that they voted in the poll book (usually a tablet-like device)
- 10:30AM – 15-minute lunch break before the lunch rush starts.
- 10:45AM – Switch roles with another election worker. New role: Stand near the voting machines or ballot counter to answer voters’ questions and ensure they submit their ballot before leaving.
- 2:30PM – 10-minute snack break
- 4:00PM – Switch roles and check voters in again
- 7:00PM – If no voters are in line, start shutting down. Complete close-down procedures on the machines and pack everything up.
- 8:00PM – Head home to watch election results, feeling great because you helped people vote today!
During this public health crisis, officials are closely monitoring and following the latest CDC guidance. Election officials across the state are working to procure the personal protective equipment (PPE) and developing the sanitation protocols to ensure the safety of election workers and voters at the polling places.
With just a day of work and a half-day of training, you can have an incredible impact on the upcoming election.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are election workers paid?
Yes, this is a paid position. The rate of pay may vary depending on your county and the role you take on, but it starts around $100 for the day.
What resources are available to help me prepare?
Your county will offer training for all election workers. You’ll attend that training session. You can also review or reference the Election Worker Handbook, which includes key procedures and rules. The on-site supervisor (i.e., Election Judge) is typically experienced and happy to help! And the elections office is just a phone call away to offer additional support and to answer questions.
I speak another language. Is that helpful?
Yes, we need bilingual election workers to provide assistance to voters in the language they are most comfortable speaking in at the polling place!