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How to apply to become a poll worker

Interested in working at the polls on Election day? You can apply to become a poll worker online.

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Before you get started online

Update: We are no longer accepting applications for poll workers. Thank you for supporting the Boston Election Department!

There is nothing more important to democracy than free and fair elections. By becoming a poll worker, you will help ensure that all registered voters are able to exercise their right to vote freely, without obstruction or influence.

As an Election Day poll worker, you will work with a team, and each team member will have their own important role. Together, you will help the City of Boston have a successful and efficient Election Day.

Election Day poll workers receive two hours of paid training to prepare them for their assignment on Election Day, and a stipend for their day of service to our City.

  • Help in the setup of the voting location on Election Day
  • Prevent interference with the voting process and assists voters in accordance with the law
  • Check voters in, hand out ballots, and direct voters to voting stations
  • Help voters who may have difficulties voting due to sight and physical limitations
  • Provide language assistance to Boston’s LEP (Limited English Proficiency); translators may be on site or available by phone at the Boston Election Department Translator Phone Bank
  • Oversee the completion of forms for challenged and provisional ballots
  • Read and record the number of ballots cast before, during, and at the close of the polls
  • Help with various assignments required to secure the closing of the polls

Sign up through our online portal

Update: We are no longer accepting applications for poll workers.

Election Schedule
  • Primary Election Day: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
  • Early voting for the Primary: August 22, 2020 – August 28, 2020
  • Election Day: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
  • Early voting for Election Day: October 17, 2020 – October 30, 2020 (includes weekends)
Need to Know:

You'll have to go to a two-hour training session before you can work on Election Day. We'll let you know when and where it is after you apply.

Already registered?

Sign into your account through our online portal. We have information about your assignments, upcoming elections, and training schedules.

Questions? Contact us:
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