In 2018, six out 10 poll workers were 61 and above. In the middle of this pandemic where our older generations are among the most vulnerable, us young people need to step up and protect our elders. Registered to vote? Great! Take your civic duty one step further and register to be a poll worker! Texas needs poll workers, Texas needs us.
- Poll workers must be a minimum age of 16-years old.
- Poll workers must be a United States citizen.
- A poll worker must be registered to vote in the county in which they are applying to be a poll worker. To check your registration status visit: movetexas.org/register.
- Once hired, a poll worker must attend and complete a training session. Most counties are now offering poll worker training sessions online.
- Individuals who are bilingual in English and one of the following languages are encouraged to apply: Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese. Bilingual Clerks are needed to support presiding workers in their effort to comply with State and Federal laws pertaining to language assistance at the polls.
Don’t meet the eligibility requirements?
If you do not meet the eligibility requirements to be a poll worker, there are other opportunities to help save democracy. We’re making calls to 300,000 unregistered Texans to make sure they’re registered to vote before the deadline. Sign up now to volunteer at movetexas.org/volunteer.
- Being an election worker is a paid position! Some counties pay as much $20/hour and will pay for overtime.
- You can create your own schedule. Work with the election judge to determine what days work best for you. Some counties also allow you to work split shifts, based on your availability.
- Student Poll Worker Program. High school students who are 16 years or older are eligible to receive a two day excused absence for working the polls. Some principals are even allowing an extension so that students can help work the polls. High school students are still paid for their work.