Reflections from Long-term Election Officials

As the November 7, 2017 election draws near, we are still in need of election officials (poll workers) to work the polls on Election Day.

Election Officials have the unique opportunity to catch a behind-the-scenes look at the election process. They play a vital role in bringing elections to their communities and helping voters at the polls.

Reflections from Long-term Election Officials
We asked a few of our long-time poll workers why they continue to serve each election. Here’s what they had to say:

“I love serving the people knowing that I am doing worthwhile work. It’s important to help young voters, especially to help them understand their vote really is counted.”

“One year during the presidential election we all started clapping for first-time voters. Seeing their expressions was memorable. It is really cool to see young people vote.”

“It gives me gratification to see people exercising their constitutional right to vote. Blood was shed to have these rights.”

“I feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. That’s what keeps me coming back.”

“Elections are for the people, by the people. We are here for one another.”

“I’ve made a lot of friends doing this.”

“This will be my fourth presidential election. I’ve been doing this for about 20 years. If I would have known about being a poll worker at a younger age I would have started sooner! It makes me feel like I am participating in my government.”

Become a Poll Worker
Being a poll worker is more than passing out ballots on Election Day. It is about providing the means for those in your community to have a voice and practice their civic duty and right to vote.

If you have the extra time this upcoming November 7, please consider applying to serve your community. Poll workers earn up to $200 and all training is provided.

To learn more and apply, visit


Precinct Election Officials Needed for November 7 Election

The Board of Elections is now hiring Election Officials (poll workers) to assist voters on Election Day. Election Officials can earn up to $200. There are hundreds of openings for workers in all areas of the county.

“This important work is an opportunity for civic-minded citizens to serve our democracy and to earn extra money for the holidays,” said Pat McDonald, Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

People who are interested in being an Election Official are being asked to apply as soon as possible to allow time for processing and training. Applicants may apply on-line at or call the Election Officials Department at 216-443-3277.

Author: Mike West, Community Outreach

We’re Hiring!

We’re in need of an Assistant Manager in our Election Officials Department. This individual will help oversee the recruitment, training, and placement of Election Day poll workers. This is an essential role in the successful administration of elections. For job requirements and full description of duties, visit our employment portal. Be part of history, support democracy, have fun and get paid while doing it. Apply by February 10!

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Help Wanted: Special Poll Workers Needed for Election Day

The last time I voted at my polling location I was greeted with a huge smile and a friendly face as my poll worker exclaimed, “I remember you from last year!” We love that so many workers return year after year. Perhaps by now, you too, may have come to recognize some of the people staffing your polling location, but what about those who help with the “behind-the-scenes” duties?

We hire thousands of poll workers to staff every election. Most of our workers are front and center assisting voters with ballots, scanners, questions, and let’s not forget about my favorite part of voting – the stickers! What you may not realize are the hundreds of people helping to transport ballots, supplies and equipment to and from polling locations, the leaders who troubleshoot any issues which may arise throughout the day, and those who ensure all rules and regulations are being followed. All of these duties are essential to conducting a successful election.

Special Poll Workers
As the March 15 Primary Election draws near, we are still looking to hire the following positions:

Drop-off Captains/Rovers
Travels to various polling locations to assess and assist with problems related to the voting process, safeguards sensitive documents and supplies, and delivers election-related materials to polling locations on Monday, among other duties. This interactive video helps to explain the duties. Earns $11/hour; hours vary on Election Day and the day before. Click for full job description.

Drop-off Assistants
Assists the Drop-off Captain in fulfilling duties, loads and unloads supplies from poll worker and ballot-transportation vehicles, and performs all other duties as assigned. Base rate $65.00; hours begin at 6:00 p.m. on Election Day until complete. Click for full job description.

Ride Alongs
Ride Alongs are essential to help maintain political balance on Election Day. They ride with law enforcement officials to and from drop-off locations and the Board of Elections warehouse to deliver ballots and other election materials on the evening of Election Day. Each vehicle is staffed with one Democrat and one Republican. They also help direct cars coming and going from the drop-off locations. Earns $10/hour and will earn a minimum of $40.00; hours vary by election. Click for full job description.

How to Apply
Contact Anthony Black, Special Recruit Hiring Coordinator directly to express interest in these jobs. Anthony can be reached at 216-443-3232 x 7303 or at

Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted, said it himself – we all need to declare a day for democracy and do our part to help with Ohio elections. What better way to do your part while earning some extra spending money in the process? We hope to see you on Election Day!

Author: Cathy Bajic, Community Outreach Coordinator, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections