Poll Worker Information

Become a Poll Worker

What is an Election Worker?
Election Workers work at the polls on Election Day and during Early Voting to ensure voters are able to exercise their right to vote in an honest and well-organized manner.

Lubbock County is always looking for Election Judges and Election Clerks, also known as Poll Workers. These positions are temporary and available only during an election cycle.

High school students who are 16 years of age or older have the opportunity to be Student Election Clerks.
Student Election Clerk Program

Duties include but are not limited to:

  1. Greeting each voter as they come into the polling place
  2. Qualifying and checking in voters using electronic pollbooks
  3. Assisting voters with the voting process, including those with special needs
  4. Managing or assisting with the opening and closing of the election polls

To be qualified, at a minimum you must:

  1. Be 18 years or older (except for Student Election Clerks).
  2. Be a registered voter in Lubbock County
  3. Be able to take direction well and not be easily distracted
  4. Be detail-oriented, organized, able to follow election laws per training
  5. Enjoy interactions with people
  6. Be familiar with computers
  7. Be fluent in English and Spanish (for bilingual clerks)
  8. Have dependable transportation to the election polls
  9. Be able to lift and carry at least 30 lbs. and stand for long periods of time
  10. If Election Day, be able to work at the polling site from 6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. or until finished
  11. If Early Voting, be available every day of the early voting period (approximately 13 hours per day for 7-12 days which might include weekends)
  12. Be able to work the entire duration of the voting day without leaving the polling site
  13. Be able to attend a training class before each election
  14. Not hold an elected office nor be an employee of an elected official
  15. Not be related to an opposed candidate within the 2nd degree of consanguinity or affinity as defined by law
  16. Not be campaign treasurer or assistant treasurer of a candidate in the election

Election Worker Positions

There are three positions available as election officials: Presiding Election Judge, Alternate Election Judge and Election Clerk (includes Student Election Clerks who have a separate application process). The following information provides responsibilities and duties for each of these positions.

Judge Responsibilities and Job Duties

    •Primary duty is to administer the election in accordance with the Texas Election Code
    •Pick up supplies at the designated date and time from the Elections Office
    •Assist the voters with the voting process
    •Conduct the opening and closing of the election polls
    •Return supplies on election night to the Elections Office

Alternate Judge Responsibilities and Job Duties

    •Primary duty is to guard the purity of the election
    •To step in as Judge when the Presiding Election Judge is not available
    •Assist voters with the voting process
    •Assist the judge in duties as assigned
    •Assist with the opening and closing of the election polls
    •Return supplies on election night to the Elections Office

Clerk Responsibilities and Job Duties

    •Assist with the opening and closing of the election polls
    •Greet voters and assist them with the voting process
    •Check-in and process voters
    •Complete required forms
    •Other duties as assigned by the Election Judge

When are election days and what are the hours worked?

General elections are held each year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Primary elections are scheduled for the first Tuesday in March in even numbered years. Uniform elections are held in May. Early Voting begins up to 17 days prior to any election and continues through the fourth day prior to that election.

Election Workers arrive at the polling place at 6:00 a.m. on election day and must remain until the polls are closed and results are called in or transported to Central Count at the Elections Office. Polling places for election day are always open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Early voting hours vary from election to election.

What type of people work as Election Workers?

Just about everyone! We have senior citizens and baby-boomers, professionals, self-employed individuals, high school students, college students and those that are retired. This creates a highly diverse workforce. We are also looking for workers who, in addition to being fluent in English, can also speak Spanish. If you are fluent in Spanish, please indicate this on your application form.

Will training be provided?

Election workers receive training from Elections Administration staff on the procedures, equipment, documentation and customer service needed for a successful polling site. Training is mandatory for each election.

Are Election Workers paid?

Election Workers are paid for the days worked during the election process. The hourly wage depends on the type of election and position. Training compensation is also provided for any classes attended.

How do I apply?

Please apply with one of the following staffing agencies:

Express Employment Professionals
7412 University Ave, Suite 11
Lubbock, TX 79423

KT Black Services
#18 Briercroft Office Park
Lubbock, TX 79412

ITSQuest Professional Staffing Solutions
4505 82nd St, Suite 3
Lubbock, TX 79424

Elwood Staffing
2811 South Loop 289, #4
Lubbock, TX 79423

Should you have any questions, please contact the Elections Office at 806-775-1338.