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Become an Election Poll Official
On Election Day, approximately 3,000 of your neighbors serve voters in Gwinnett by working as poll officials. You can take part by applying to serve as a poll official during the 2024 elections.
As a poll official at one of our polling locations, you play an active role in ensuring the ongoing success of the electoral process. We need dedicated individuals who take pride in their work, who are patient and enjoy teamwork, and who are diligent and detail oriented.
Whenever possible, poll officials are assigned to their home precinct. However, if there are no vacancies at your polling place, you may be asked to work at one nearby.
What are the requirements to become a poll official?
- Complete an online training course prior to each election, as required by the state, and, depending on the assigned position, attend an additional two to four hours of in-person training if required.
- Report to your assigned polling place at 5:30am on Election Day and remain until all voters have left and closing procedures are completed.
- Apply and provide proof of U.S. Citizenship by completing the I-9 process. Once you apply, you will receive an email from Gwinnett Human Resources regarding this process.
Apply to become an Election Poll Official or learn about other requirements at GwinnettCountyJobs.com. Gwinnett Voter Registrations and Elections and your fellow citizens appreciate the dedicated poll officials who help us make our elections work.
How to prepare for Election Day
Plan Ahead: Poll officials will not be able to leave the polling place once they have been sworn in.
Breaks: Established meal and break times should be provided. Be aware that most private facilities used as polling locations do not allow smoking and/or vaping. Per Gwinnett County ordinance, smoking and/or vaping are strictly prohibited on County-owned properties and facilities.
What to Bring: Bring food and beverages, medications, and coolers if needed. Please note that not all polling locations have refrigerators, microwaves, or sometimes no extra rooms for meals or breaks.
What to Wear: Dress in comfortable clothing and shoes. Remember, many people suffer with asthma or allergy conditions so strong scents should be avoided.
What is a typical Election Day like for a poll official?
Polls are open from 7:00am to 7:00pm unless hours are extended by the court’s order. The poll manager typically picks up election materials the day before Election Day.
|Typical Election Day Schedule|
|5:30am||Chief Officer of Election arrives.|
|5:30am – 7:00am||
Prepare for election.
|7:00am||Open the polls and conduct the election. The Poll Manager must call the Elections Office if the polling location does not open for voters by 7:00am.
|7:00pm||Close the polls.
|After 7:00pm||Secure equipment and ballots; complete paperwork; and pack materials and supplies.