Benefits of Being a Precinct Official (Poll Worker) or a Student (17 yr old) Poll Assistant
The precinct official plays a critical role in a successfully-run election. This individual is the face of the election to the voters and is the first to give the impression of what experience the voter will have voting. The benefits of being a precinct official include:
- Fulfill your civic duty
- Get involved
- Have fun
- Learn about the election process
- Looks good on resumes
- Make extra money
- Make friends
- Meet people in your communities
Qualifications (Excerpts From North Carolina General Statutes 163-41)
- "Persons appointed must be registered voters and residents of the county in which the precinct is located, of good repute, and able to read and write."
- "No person shall be eligible to serve as a precinct official, who holds any elective office under the government of the United States, or of the State of North Carolina or any political subdivision thereof".
- "No person shall serve who is a candidate for nomination or election."
- "No person shall be eligible who holds any office in any state congressional district, county or precinct political party or political organization, or who is a manager or treasurer for any candidate or political party."
Craven County has the potential to host 3 or more elections in even numbered years and 2 elections in odd numbered years. All precinct officials shall be at the polls before they open and remain until after the polls have closed and all work is complete. The day before the election precinct officials shall set-up the polling locations and review procedures.
Elections are always held on Tuesdays. All polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Each precinct/polling location must be staffed with a Chief Judge, a Republican Judge, and a Democratic Judge. Additional assistants are staffed based on type of election and past voter turnout.
Election Day Checklist for Officials
- Wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers for optimum comfort to account for varying polling place temperatures
- Leave your campaign buttons, political jewelry and political slogan T-shirts at home
- Discussion of politics is not permitted while working at the polls
- Arrange for enough food and drinks for the entire day
- Smoking is not permitted in the voting enclosure
Let Us Know if You're Interested
The Craven County Board of Elections always needs capable precinct election officials. If you would like more information on becoming a precinct election official, contact your political party or email our precinct officials coordinator.
As you can see, your precinct election officials work long hours in demanding conditions to ensure fair and accurate elections. The next time you vote, be sure to thank your election officials for serving.