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Poll Worker

There are two kinds of poll workers for every election.

Early Voting Poll Worker

During Early Voting each location is staffed with a Captain and a team of workers. Captains make $14/hr and workers make $12/hr. Working during Early Voting requires a minimum commitment of 17 days, including weekends, in shifts plus mandatory training. The Captain carries the most responsibility; duties include voting location access, site setup/take down, task delegation, reconciliation, equipment troubleshooting, and voting process/election law familiarity. All trainings are paid.

Election Day Poll Worker

Notice: Election Day Payment is a flat rate amount which includes payment for training.

Election Day polling places (precincts) are staffed with a Chief Judge, two Party Judges and a number of assistants. Pay is a flat rate of $260 for Chief Judge, $210 for Party Judge and $175 for assistants. This is a one day commitment with mandatory training and a site visit. All workers must be at their precinct from 6:00 a.m. until after the polls close at 7:30 p.m. and the site is taken down. The Chief Judge is responsible for managing the site including voting location access, site setup/take down, task delegation, reconciliation, equipment troubleshooting, and voting process/election law familiarity.

Through the Student Assistant Program students who will be at least 17 years old by Election Day can work as Election Day assistants. Use the Student Election Assistant Application to apply.

Training & Election Day


All workers must attend a training session. During September and October, on-line training for our veteran election officials, as well as in-person training for new or veteran election officials will be offered. Multiple sessions will be available to choose from, and a recruiter will help you through the process.

Election Day

Chief Judges pick up supplies from 50 Coxe Ave on the Sunday or Monday preceding the election. Additionally, Chief Judges must return supplies and voting materials to 50 Coxe Ave at the end of Election Day.

All Election Officials are required to meet at the precinct on the Monday preceding the election to assist with the preliminary setting up of the precinct. Time to be set by the Chief Judge. Use this opportunity to ascertain whether there is a fridge, microwave etc. for the food you will bring on Election Day.

All Election Officials are required by law to be at the precinct no later than 6:00 a.m. on Election Day or earlier as instructed by the Chief Judge. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. Election Officials are not permitted to leave the precinct for the duration of the election. After the polls close at 7:30 p.m., all Election Officials are required to assist with closing down the precinct. No Election Official may leave the precinct, emergency excepted, until dismissed by the Chief Judge.

Multi-partisan Assistance Teams

MAT Teams assist residents in nursing homes with registering to vote, requesting an absentee ballot, and completing their absentee ballot. Become a MAT member today to help these residents vote!

We are looking for members with flexible schedules who are able to help at least three days a week from 9am-5pm.

The facilities we visit and the employees of the MAT Team are required to follow safety precautions put in place by the Department of Health and Human Services as well as the CDC, including social distancing and the use of PPE.

MAT members are paid $12 per hour and are also compensated for the mileage driven to the facilities. Members must be registered in Buncombe County as one of the major parties (Democrat or Republican) so we can form bipartisan teams.

Locate & Contact

Election Services


Election Services
P: (828) 250-4200
F: (828) 250-6262

Election Services
50 Coxe Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mailing Address

Election Services
PO Box 7468
Asheville, NC 28802-7468

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