Poll Workers

Election Officers staff the city’s 255 precincts on Election Day to ensure that all eligible voters can exercise their right to vote.

Poll workers help the City of Boston's Election Department:

  • get voting locations ready for voters
  • hang and remove signs
  • count ballots
  • check in voters
  • record election activities
  • check handicap access
  • pack up election materials
  • check ballot counts at the end of the day

The City pays pollworkers stipends for working on Election Day!

Important things to know before applying:

  • Applicants must registered to vote in Massachusetts.

  • Applicants must attend a 2 hour training session before an election.

  • All poll worker shifts are for one day only.

  • Full day shifts are from 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM, however split shifts are sometimes available.

  • Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. The City specifically needs Spanish, Cape Verdean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Russian, Portuguese, and Somali speakers. Bilingual applicants do not need to be registered to vote in Massachusetts.

  • Poll workers must be professional and helpful. They must be respectful of the ethnic and cultural diversity of Boston's voters.