Poll Workers

Now recruiting poll workers county-wide! Allegheny County is looking for workers specifically in the following municipalities: Baldwin Borough, Beechview (Pittsburgh Ward 20), Brookline (Pittsburgh Ward 19), Etna, Forward Township, McCandless, Moon Township, Munhall, and Port Vue.

Please contact the Elections Division at 412-350-4500 (option #5) or apply online today!

Interested in learning more? Take a look at the Election Officer Handbook(PDF, 6MB) or view poll worker training videos to find out what you'd be doing.

Demonstrate your civic participation by serving on Election Day as a Judge, Inspector or Clerk of Election. Poll workers, also referred to as election officers, earn from $150.00-175.00 for the day. New poll workers also receive paid training.

Poll workers must be comfortable with interacting with the public and keeping up to date with election changes. There is a high performance expectation on Election Day and well-trained poll workers are instrumental in our ability to realize that goal.

The Process

As the date of the election nears, you will be contacted to discuss position availability and details. If there is no vacancy in your immediate area, we will ask you to consider serving in other areas or will retain your information for future elections.

Student Poll Worker Program

The Division of Elections is now accepting applications for the Student Poll Worker Program. This program promotes civic awareness and educates high school students about the election process by allowing students to serve as Poll Workers on Election Day. Students will learn responsibility, teamwork, and leadership while serving the community. Additional information for students, parents, and school administrators can be found at Student Poll Worker Program.

General Job Duties of Election Officers

Judge of Election

The Judge of Election is the Election Board team leader responsible for:

  • The operation of the voting location
  • Enforcing Election Day rules and regulations
  • Tallying and verifying the final results and closing the polling site
  • Pickup and return of all election supplies and results

Inspectors and Clerks of Election

The Inspectors and Clerks of Election will:

  • Assist the Judge of Election and share responsibility for the operation of the polling site
  • Process voters, accompany voters to a voting machine, provide assistance to voters with special needs, and verify ballot information on the voting machine screen
  • After the polls close, all Election Officers assist the Judge of Election in tallying and verifying the final results and closing the polling site.

Requirements for all Election Officers

  • Election Officers may not hold, or within two months have held, any public office, appointment or employment in or under the government of the United States, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County or any city.
  • May not be a candidate who is running for a public office on the ballot in that district, except for Judge or Inspector of Election.
  • Must perform the duties of the office in a non-partisan fashion.
  • Must be a registered voter of Allegheny County.


Training is mandatory for new Election Officers and is offered before each election. Election Officers should expect to spend at least two hours in an in-depth, hands-on training session or attend an interactive online training session. Election Officers receive additional compensation for attending a training class. While training for existing poll workers is not mandatory, participation in an online training class is encouraged.

Work Day

All positions serve approximately 15 hours at the voting location on Election Day from 6:00 am until the Judge of Election releases the team, usually by 9:00 pm.


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