Poll Worker Training
Every polling place should be staffed by a minimum of five (5) Election Officials:
JUDGE OF ELECTION:
The Judge of Election is in charge of all Election Day activities and personnel inside the polls, including the Constable or Deputy Constable. The Judge opens and closes the polls and is responsible for the paperwork and delivering the election supplies to the satellite station.
MAJORITY INSPECTOR OF ELECTION:
Along with the Minority Inspector, this inspector will manage the poll books and grant Voter Ready slips to the eligible voters. The Majority Inspector is so named as the Inspector receiving the most votes at the election.
MINORITY INSPECTOR OF ELECTION:
Along with the Majority Inspector, this inspector will manage the poll books and grant Voter Ready slips to the eligible voters. The Minority Inspector is so named as the Inspector receiving the second most votes at the election. Additionally, the Minority Inspector is expected to appoint a Minority Clerk and sign the provisional ballot envelope. Also, a copy of the election results and numbered list of voters are to be kept in a sealed envelope by the Minority Inspector for two years.
The Minority Clerk is appointed by the Minority Inspector and may be assigned to fill in the Numbered List of Voters tablet.
The Machine Operators are appointed by the committee from the political party of which the Judge of Election is a member. The number of voting machines determines the number of Machine Operators allowed. As a general rule, one Machine Operator per two machines may be appointed.
ALSO PRESENT IN MOST POLLS:
ELECTION DAY (DEPUTY) CONSTABLES:
The Elected Constable of the township or borough appoints the Election Day Constable. This appointment must be approved by the Court prior to Election Day and this Deputy Constable must be able to produce a certificate when appearing at the polls to work. Under no circumstances are Deputy Constables appointed the day of election either by the elected Constable or the Judge of Elections. As with all other members of the local election board, Constables (elected or appointed) work under the direction of the Judge and must work a full day in order to be paid.
If you are interested in becoming a poll worker, please contact the Election Board office at (610-278-3275). We look forward to hearing from you!
Frequently Asked Questions
How does someone become a pollworker?
The Judge of Election and Majority and Minority Inspector are elected positions. Every four years candidates for these positions must submit a petition to get on the ballot.
Who is eligible to work inside the polls?
Elected pollworkers are residents in the precinct but in the event of understaffing, electors from outside the precinct are permitted to work at the polls on Election Day.
Are students allowed to help inside the polls?
Yes, since 2002, students of good standing who are 17 years or older are acceptable as clerks or machine operators. Participants must fill out the appropriate forms in advance of the election to be eligible to work, our office will assist with this process. Several school districts in Montgomery County have been participating in the Student Pollworker Program.
Can a Committee person serve as an election official?
Yes, as long as the Committee person does not engage in any political activity while the polls are open and acts in a nonpartisan manner in all dealings inside the polls.