Precinct election officials are the key ingredient in running our polling places on election day.

Become a Precinct Election Official
Serve your country
Be compensated
Step in for the COVID-19 vulnerable

Helping voters vote, answering their questions, guiding them through the voting process and guarding the integrity of our elections is paramount in determining the will of the voters in selecting our leaders. The precinct election officials who are tasked with these duties are dedicated to our democracy and to making sure elections run smoothly.

Well-run elections are the key to our democracy, which binds the fabric of our society.

Most precinct election officials are in their 60s and 70s. They have faithfully performed these duties year after year, election after election. Yet their vulnerability to COVID-19 puts them in a high-risk population. They are people we need to protect.

Would you consider being a precinct election official this year?

We are asking healthy younger Iowans to step up for democracy and step in for older precinct election officials.

Become a Precinct Election Official

Iowa General Election

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Precinct Election Official Requirements. You must:
  • Be registered to vote in Iowa
  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Be a resident of the county you serve in
  • Complete the required training

So what would you do as a precinct election official?

On Election Day, you would check in voters and issue them ballots. Most counties use a computer to walk precinct election officials through the steps. Designated precinct election officials give instructions on how to use special ballot marking devices for people with disabilities. Voters also may vote their ballots from their cars, so you might be sent outside with another precinct election official to assist with curbside voting. You also may help maintain proper social distancing at the polling place.

Your overall boss would be your County Auditor, who runs local elections. Auditors hire, train and deploy precinct election officials on Election Day. Each polling place has a precinct chair who will assign your specific tasks at the direction of the Auditor.

It’s a long day! Polls are open from 7:00 am-9:00 pm, and precinct election officials start setting up at 6:00 am.

It takes commitment and dedication.

You would be paid for your training session and for your work on Election Day. Rates vary from county to county.

If you are interested, please complete this form.

We will send it to your County Auditor, who will follow up with you. By filling out this form, you are expressing your interest in becoming a precinct election official. Filling out this form does not commit you to serving, and it does not commit the County Auditor to hiring you. It will put you in direct contact with your County Auditor.

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Paul D. Pate

Iowa Secretary of State

Service · Participation · Integrity

Office of the Iowa Secretary of State
State Capitol · Des Moines, IA 50319
515.281.6230