Welcome to the County of Berks
Pollworker Information
JOIN OUR ELECTION DAY TEAM!


QUALIFICATIONS:

· U.S. Citizen & Berks County resident

· Registered Voter

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PAY:

· Judge of Election — $180.00 for election day, $30.00 for training, $2.00 for picking up supplies the Saturday before the election, $20.00 for returning supplies to the Election Services office on election night, and mileage

· Majority & Minority Inspectors — $180.00 for election day and $30.00 for training

· Clerks & Machine  Inspectors — $180.00 for election day and $30.00 for training

 

HOURS:

· Polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

· Poll workers should arrive at their assigned polling location no later than 6:15 AM

· After 8:00 PM, poll workers assist in closing the polls and returning supplies to the County Election Services

  office

 

TRAINING:

· A two-hour training is available to new and returning poll workers before every election

· Training pay ($30.00) will be included in the election day pay


For additional training information, view the Department of State training modules below. 

TRAINING MODULES​

Check In Voters

 Voter Identification

Provisional Voting

   Voters with Disabilities 


ELECTION DAY: ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES


JUDGE OF ELECTION:

Elected every four years, if a vacancy occurs, the Board of Elections will appoint

· Contacts their election day team prior to election day

· Reports any vacancies or absences to the Election Services office which occur prior to or on election day

· Secures election supplies and materials from the Election Services office the Saturday before the election

· Ensures the timely opening and closing of the polls – Polls must open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM or when the last voter in line has cast their vote

· Ensures efficient operation of the polls throughout election day

· Verifies polling place Watcher credentials

· Reports any issues at the polls to the Election Services office

· Returns voting supplies, materials, and equipment to designated drop-off site after polls close on election night


MAJORITY & MINORITY INSPECTOR:

Elected every four years, if a vacancy occurs, the Board of Elections will appoint

Assists with opening, closing, and operating the polling place on election day, including:

· Opening, setting up, and operating the Electronic Poll books

· Posting signs, sample ballots, voting information, and other materials as required

· Processing and assisting voters

· Closing and securing the Electronic Poll books after polls close on election night

· Minority Inspector keeps Envelope B, which holds a set of election returns, for one year


MACHINE INSPECTOR:

Appointed by the Board of Elections

· Must have voting machines open and operable promptly at 7am on election day

· Ensures the smooth and efficient operation of the voting machines throughout election day

· Assists voters who are unfamiliar with voting machines and equipment

· Confirms the voting machines and equipment is shut down and secured after the polls close on election day


ELECTION CLERK:

Appointed by the Minority Inspector, if a vacancy occurs, the Board of Elections will appoint

· Keeps an accurate and complete Numbered List of Voters throughout election day

· Assists in any capacity as requested by the Judge of Election throughout election day

· Assists in opening and closing the polls, including posting voting materials and information 



For questions or to apply for a poll worker position in Berks County, email the Election Services office at pollworkers@countyofberks.com or complete the online application by clicking the link below.  

​​​Election Official Application​