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

· To schedule training classes online, an email sddress is required.  to create a free email address, please use How to Sign up for a Free Gmail Account instructions.

· Please sign into the Poll Worker Portal using the Sign up for Election Poll Worker Training instructions.


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​