Be involved: Work the polls in your community

September 5, 2019

By Matt Ellsworth

Poll Worker Guide

Every county in Arizona needs registered voters to work the polls on election day for effective, efficient elections. To be a poll worker—a compensated role—Arizonans must be registered to vote in the county, attend a training class prior to the election, attend a pre-election meeting, and be able to work the full election day, typically beginning at 5:30 a.m.

Poll workers help maintain the integrity of elections at polling places by opening and closing the polls, helping with voting equipment, signing in voters, and issuing ballots. Poll workers will also assist voters in locating the correct polling place.

Arizona’s Secretary of State website includes a directory of websites and contact information for the elections departments of all 15 Arizona counties. Another resource: The Arizona Poll Worker Guide produced in advance of the 2018 election by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.