How do I become an Election Day Worker in the District of Columbia?
Election Day Workers play a vital role in ensuring a successful election process and positive voting experience.
To serve as an Election Day Worker, you must:
If you are selected and once assigned to an Early Voting Center or Election Day polling place, hours for work are:
Location assignments are made based on staffing needs, not location. However, we will do our best to assign you to a location near your home.
Workers receive a one-time payment, which includes training*:
Election Day is often long, so make sure to bring any necessary prescriptions, food, and water to last throughout the day. We also recommend wearing comfortable clothes and a light jacket or sweater for any temperature changes inside the Early Voting Center or Election Day polling place.
How can I apply to be an Election Day Worker?
You can apply to be an Election Day Worker by completing the online application found here.
After applying, how will I know if my application has been received and/or accepted?
You will be notified by mail when your application has been received, processed, and you are selected to work. Processing includes the verfication of your address and registration status (where applicable). If selected, you will then be scheduled for a training class.
What is in the training?
Applicants will be provided with general information on the District's voting system. After reviewing the information given, applicants will complete their application process by being entered into the DCBOE database.
Poll worker training will take place at our offices located at 1015 Half Street, SE. Paid parking is available in and around 1015 Half St SE for $17-20. On Washington Nationals game days, however, parking can cost as much as $50 per lot/garage. Make sure to plan ahead when visiting our offices. For a complete list of 2018 home games at Nationals Park, visit https://www.mlb.com/nationals/schedule/printable-schedule.
Where will I work?
Polling places are located throughout the city in public and private schools, libraries, recreation centers, and churches. You will be assigned to a site near your home if possible. You may be asked to travel to other parts of the city to meet staffing needs for Election Day since some precincts may have more workers available than others.
What hours will I work?
On the Monday prior to Election Day, all workers will meet at their assigned polling place to receive their supplies and set-up their work stations; this usually takes two to three hours. The exact time will be coordinated by the Precinct Captain and communicated to each worker approximately two weeks prior to the election.
Polling place team members will work on Election Day from 6:30 am until approximately 9:00 pm or until released by the Precinct Captain.
Am I allowed to show support for a particular candidate if I am an Election Day Worker?
No. Electioneering of any kind is not allowed inside Early Voting Centers and Election Day polling places. Do not wear or display any candidate paraphernalia while on-duty during Early Voting or on Election Day.
At training, all Election Day Workers must sign an oath that they will abide by the same restrictions against political activity that DCBOE employees are obligated to follow. Election Day Workers may not campaign for any elected office, hold any office in any political party or political committee, or participate in the activities of or contribute to any political committee of any candidate in the District.
How do I get chosen to work during Early Voting?
In addition to Election Day, the Board sometimes employs a limited number of workers during Early Voting. They are assigned to shifts based upon need. Early Voting workers should be available to work approximately four shifts, including the weekend. Shifts typically will not exceed a total amount earned of $600 for working. Workers are assigned to one of nine Early Voting Centers.
I am a high school student. Can I apply to be an Election Day Worker?