It takes over 300 precinct officials to staff the polling places for an election.
Precinct officials operate the polls during early voting and on Election Day by providing services such as setting up the voting equipment, checking in voters, processing ballots, assisting voters with special needs, and closing down/securing the voting site at the end of the day.
A poll worker must:
- Be 18 and a registered voter in Brunswick County
- Have great communication and customer service skills
- Not currently be an office-holder, candidate or near relative of a candidate, or treasurer of an open committee
- Not currently be an official of a political party, including precinct party officials
- Be able to work the entire day on Election Day at 6 am until at least 8:30 pm - this may involve sitting or standing for extended periods of time
- Have moderate computer skills - we use electronic poll books and online learning
- Have an active, individual, regularly checked email account - we rely on electronic communication
- Attend orientation and successfully complete online learning and computer readiness class
- Earn at least $150 for Election Day
- Paid training provided
- Have a better understanding of the election process
- Serve your community
- Add experience to resumes and school applications
The first step to becoming a poll worker is to attend Poll Worker Orientation. This free, no-obligation, informational session is your introduction to elections and what it takes to make elections happen in Brunswick County. Learn about elections, voting, operations, and what it takes to be one of our most valuable assets - a poll worker!
There are no more orientation sessions available for the 2024 primary election. Check back in April for orientation dates, or you can submit a precinct official interest form and we will contact you when orientation sessions are scheduled.
The Election Day polling place management team consists of one chief judge and two judges. These three individuals are recommended by the county political parties and are appointed to 2-year terms that begin in August of odd-numbered years.
- 2023-2025 Precinct Official Appointments (PDF)
- CHIEF JUDGE: The chief judge is in charge of the polling place.
- JUDGES: The two election judges assist the chief judge.
- ASSISTANTS: In addition to the 3-person management team, the success of the polling place also depends on election assistants. Assistants perform various, vital functions in the polling place under the direction of the chief judge. The number of assistants varies depending on the anticipated turnout for each election.
Election day shifts begin and 6 am and usually end around 8:30 pm (once all votes have been counted and documents signed). To serve on Election Day you must be able to work the whole day.
The time frame for early voting is the third Thursday before an election through the Saturday before an election. The shifts for early voting are anywhere from 7 to 9 hours depending on the election.
Student Election Assistants serve at polling places on Election Day and facilitate the voting process.
Duties of a Student Election Assistant
- Must attend a remote training class and a three-hour, in-person workshop at the Board of Elections office. We will offer evening sessions to accommodate school schedules. Other sessions are available during the day.
- May be asked to help set up the polling place the Monday before Election Day
- Must arrive to work at the polling place by 6 am and remain there until approximately 8:30 pm.
- Looks great on resumes and college applications
- Earn at least $180 for attending the mandatory training session and working on election day
- Learn more about the voting process and serve your community
- Be a United States Citizen
- Be at least 17 years old by Election Day
- Be a resident of Brunswick County
- Be enrolled in a public or private high school or home school
- Be in good academic standing
- Have permission from a parent, guardian, or legal custodian
- Have permission from your school principal or director
- Be able to participate in at least one virtual training session and one in-person training session
How to Sign up
Complete the application and return it to the Board of Elections. You will be contacted in early September regarding training for the 2022 General Election. The application can be returned by email. After receiving your application, we will reach out to you with additional information about training.