Become a Poll Worker

Poll workers are essential to ensuring that elections are a success. Every election, thousands of Dallas County Poll Workers become champions of democracy by dedicating themselves to the election process. Dallas County Elections Department is always looking for individuals to assist voters at one of the 400+ voter centers across the county.

Poll Worker Interest Form

Job Duties & Requirements

Clerk Job Duties:

  • Assist Judge with setting up the vote center
  • Complete voter check-ins
  • Assisting voters with election equipment
  • Assist voters with curbside voting
  • Assist Judge with closing the vote center

Judge Job Duties:

  • Hire election clerks and coordinate work activities
  • Attend training
  • Pick up supplies from  assigned Regional Site
  • Set up of vote center
  • Oversee Election Day activities
  • Assist voters with exceptions to standard voting procedures
  • Complete required paperwork
  • Close the vote center
  • Return supplies and voted ballots to the assigned regional site

An Individual is eligible for appointment as a poll worker if that person is:

  • 18 years of age or older and registered to vote in Dallas County ( Application to Register to Vote )
  • Fluent in Spanish or Vietnamese and English (for bilingual clerks)
  • Able to take direction well and not easily distracted (enjoy interaction with people)
  • Has dependable transportation to and from your assigned location
  • Prepared to lift at least 30 lbs. and stand for long periods of time
  • Able to report to the assigned post by assigned schedule
  • Able to attend a required training class

An individual is not eligible for appointment as a poll worker if that person is:

  • An elected official or an employee of an elected official;
  • A candidate for a public office in an election held on the same day;
  • An employee or relative of an opposed candidate;
  • A campaign treasurer or assistant treasurer of a candidate in the election;
  • A campaign manager of a candidate in the election;
  • Convicted of an election-related offense

Pay Rate:

Position Pay Rate
Clerk $16/hr
Judge $20/hr

High School Student Worker Program

Deadline: Friday, September 23, 2022

In conjunction with the Secretary of State, the Dallas County Elections Department encourages eligible students to participate in the political processes and benefit their community by serving as an election clerk in Dallas County elections. The Dallas County Elections Department has long welcomed student election workers and provides students with a greater awareness of the election process and the rights and responsibilities of voters. With this working experience, students have an opportunity for civic engagement and are more likely to vote and participate in elections.

What are Student Election Workers? High school students who are 16 years of age or older have the opportunity to participate in the electoral process by serving as election clerks at the polling place on Election Day. A student who is at least 16 years of age and who is enrolled in a public, private high school homeschooled, and has the consent of the principal (or parent/legal guardian in charge of education in home school) may serve as an election clerk. The Dallas County Elections Department must receive written authorization from the student’s parent or guardian for the student to serve in the election for which he or she is appointed. This program is designed to provide students with a greater awareness of the electoral process and the rights and responsibilities of voters. The students will assist their local election officials by filling positions at polling places on Election Day and working under the direction of the polling place presiding judge.

Benefits of Serving as an Election Clerk:

      • Dallas County Election workers are paid $16.00 an hour.
      • Students will gain practical experience by serving their community and state.
      • Receive community service hours. Volunteer Form
      • Experience as an election clerk is an impressive addition to a resume or college application.
      • Students can take part in a rewarding activity while learning about the democratic process.

What are the Responsibilities of an Election Clerk? Working under the supervision of the judge, student election clerks may assist with the following duties:

      • Organize the polling place before the polls open.
      • Ensuring that qualified voters are permitted to vote.
      • Checking in and processing voters and
      • Distributing ballots to registered voters.
      • Answering voters’ questions.
      • Explaining the use of the voting equipment.
      • Maintaining order in the polling place on Election Day.
      • Obtaining results after the polls are closed and closing the polling place.

What are the Required Qualifications of a Student Election Clerk?

      • Be at least 16 years old on Election Day;
      • If 18 years old MUST be a registered voter in Dallas County
      • Be enrolled in a public, private, or qualified home school;
      • Be a U.S. citizen;
      • Fluent in Spanish or Vietnamese and English (for Bilingual Student Election Clerks);
      • Have consent of his/her parent or legal guardian to work the election;
      • Have consent of his/her school principal (or parent/legal guardian for home-schooled students); and
      • Complete any required election worker training program.

How to Apply:

      • Have your parent or guardian sign the Parent/Legal Guardian Permission portion.
      • Have your principal sign the School Principal Authorization portion. Also, take the proper steps to ensure that your absence from school on Election Day will be excused. Excuse from School Form
      • To be selected, you must attend the required election training class prior to election day. This training provides all the necessary information and knowledge to be a successful election clerk.
      • Mail or fax the application to:

Dallas County Elections Department

Attn: Student Election Workers

1520 Round Table Drive Dallas, Texas 75247

Phone 214-819-6319 Fax 214-819-6301