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

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