Are efficient and fair elections important to you? Would you like to serve your community, meet your neighbors, and help preserve the sanctity of the right to vote? The Board of Elections is seeking personable, energetic people of integrity to staff the polls. Chatham County citizens from all backgrounds are needed to serve as poll workers. Will you join us?
Come in person to the Chatham County Board of Elections office, located at 1117 Eisenhower Drive, Suite F, with your Georgia
Driver's License or other appropriate picture identification. Our office is open Monday through Friday, from 8am to 5pm. While in the office you will complete the application
package, including a consent form for the required background check, and a Form W-4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate.
You can download and fill out the poll worker application below ahead of time and bring it with you. We will contact you approximately one month prior to any election.
If you have not been contacted prior to an election, be sure to call and let us know that you are available.
Yes, you will be required to complete in-class training and assigned assessments prior to each Primary and General Election. This is mandatory for all Poll Workers. New laws and procedures are constantly being introduced, and required paperwork frequently changes. If you work the full day at the poll on Election Day, your pay will include payment for your training.
As a new Poll Worker, you will begin as a Poll Clerk. Poll workers are paid for training and will receive a stipend from $75 to $320 for working in an election depending on their position. As you progress you may be eligible for a promotion to a higher poll position. You will be paid by check at the end of the work day or within the following weeks. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT IN ORDER TO RECEIVE TRAINING PAY, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE ALL OF YOUR ASSIGNED TRAINING FOR THE ELECTION AND YOU MUST WORK THE ENTIRE DAY ON ELECTION DAY.
Poll workers are not able to leave their assigned polling place during Election Day. Unless you happen to be assigned to the precinct in which you are registered to vote, we encourage all of our Poll Workers to take advantage of early voting. Each Poll Worker is placed by the Board of Elections staff, where needed, on a "one election at a time" basis, and there are no guarantees that you will be assigned to a poll in every election, or to the precinct in which you live, or that your next assignment will be the same as your last.
Each polling site varies as to the accommodations. Some have refrigerators and microwaves. Others do not. Your manager can instruct you on this. You’re advised to pack lunch, snacks, and drinks for the day. There will be a designated place for you to enjoy your lunch and breaks.
The discussion of politics within the polling place is prohibited, including but not limited to discussion of candidates, campaigns, or political parties.
Working as a Poll Worker can be a fun, rewarding experience. Please remember that this is serious and important, and it allows citizens to practice one of our most cherished freedoms. Attention to detail is critical. If you have questions or concerns about procedures or situations, please do not hesitate to call the Elections Office at (912) 201-4375