Become an Election Official
Not all heroes wear capes.
By becoming an election official, you can be a hero for democracy. If you’re interested in becoming an election worker for 2020, let the State Board of Elections know by completing the election worker interest survey.
We will forward the information you provide to your county board of elections. You may also contact your county board of elections directly to apply.
North Carolina election officials are searching for democracy heroes to work at polling places and voting sites for the November 2020 general election. These local heroes will protect democracy, learn about the elections process, serve their communities and receive payment for their dedication to elections.
Election officials operate the polls during early voting and on Election Day by providing services such as setting up the voting equipment, checking in voters, processing ballots, assisting voters with special needs, and closing down/securing the voting site at the end of the day. To qualify to work as an election official, the applicant must be a registered voter who resides in the precinct where they wish to serve. In 2020 only, due to the need to attract more election workers, some workers may work out of their home precinct.
To serve as an election worker on Election Day, you must be a registered voter (this does not apply to early voting).
Precinct officials may not be a candidate or relative of a candidate in the election. They also may not be an elected government official, hold office with a political party or be a manager or treasurer for a candidate or political party. They also may not serve at the same polling place as a spouse, child, spouse of a child, sister or brother.
The State Board encourages voters of all ages to lend a hand to the democratic process in this important presidential election year. Election workers often consist of retirees and older members of a community – groups at higher risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The State Board is committed to protecting election workers’ health and safety. Appropriate protective equipment will be provided, and social distancing guidelines will be enforced at polling places this year.