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Information for Pollworkers

Be a Part of the Electoral Process!

The Board of Elections needs more than 30,000 poll workers to successfully administer elections in New York City. Every year, we face the challenge of recruiting new poll workers to replenish the poll worker corps, and as we enter the next election cycle, that challenge continues. Becoming a poll worker is your opportunity to serve the public and ensure that your fellow voters are confident and comfortable when voting on Election Day.

The Board is in need of poll workers to serve at poll sites across the city in addition to bilingual registered voters fluent in Spanish, Chinese or Korean that may qualify to serve as interpreters on Election Day.

To serve as a poll worker in New York City you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a registered voter residing in New York City
  • Be a registered member of the Democratic or Republican Party
  • Complete the poll worker training program

Why Serve as a Poll Worker?

There are many benefits to serving as a poll worker on Election Day including hands-on involvement with the democratic process, an opportunity to work and assist members of your community and paid compensation up to $200, plus an additional $100 for training.

If selected to serve, you will be responsible for a variety of tasks including:

  • Opening and preparing the polling place
  • Processing voters and providing assistance
  • Closing the polling place
  • Assisting with ballot tabulation

For more information about poll worker duties and eligibility requirements or to submit an application, visit or contact the Board at 866-VOTE-NYC (866-868-3692), TTY 212-487-5496.

If you are a community group, and would like to assist in poll worker outreach and recruitment, please contact the Board of Elections in the City of New York at (insert e-mail).