Become a Poll Worker

Polling Positions

Each voting location is staffed with a:

  • Chief Judge - head official and is in charge of the polling location on election day and responsible for handling Election day activities such as opening and closing the polls. Chief Judges are responsible for contacting the voting place to make arrangements for each election. Chief Judges are also responsible for picking up election day equipment/materials the day before the election and returning all election equipment/materials the day after the election. Chief Judges must also submit election day results following the closing of polls.
  • Judge (Democrat and Republican) - works closely with the Chief Judge and is responsible for conducting the election in the Chief Judge’s absence. Judges must sign all official documents and assist with setting up voting machines and attending to voters.
  • Assistants - should have excellent customer service skills and could be used for various tasks such as completing paperwork and straightening up the precinct location.

The Judges are appointed by the Board of Elections based on political party and staff recommendations. Assistants should represent both parties and diversity of the precinct, whenever possible. Only one member of a family may serve as a precinct election official/assistant within the same precinct.


#5  You will work side by side with your neighbors and meet new people.

#4  You will play a vital role in the democratic process.

#3  Your community needs you.

#2  It is a great opportunity to help people, serve your community, and have fun doing it!

#1  You get paid to do a good thing!

Precinct officials receive a modest stipend, resume experience and an opportunity to grow in the Board of Elections Organization.


Persons appointed to these positions must be:

  • Registered to vote in Rowan County
  • Of good repute
  • Able to read, write, and follow direction 
  • Basic computer skills helpful

No person shall be eligible to serve as a precinct official who:

  • Holds any elected government office, or precinct political party or political organization.
  • Is a candidate for nomination or election.
  • Is the wife, husband, mother, father, son, daughter, brother, or sister of any candidate for nomination or election.
  • Is the wife, husband, mother, father, son daughter, brother or sister of another precinct official in the same precinct. 
  • Manager or treasurer for any candidate or political party.

Ref: G.S. 163-41

The Board of Elections may remove any precinct official for misbehavior, neglect of duty or insubordination toward the precinct’s Chief Judge.


General Statute 163-46 requires precinct officials to attend training sessions conducted by the Board of Elections prior to each major primary and general election (assistants are not required to attend training sessions but are instructed on their duties by the Chief Judge). Precinct election officials are paid to attend these training sessions in addition to their Election Day compensation.