The general election will take place on Tuesday, November 3. As people begin to make plans to head to the polls, we will need responsible, reliable citizens to volunteer to serve as poll workers on Election Day.

What are the requirements to be a poll worker?

To become a poll worker, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be a registered voter in Philadelphia. (Anyone who is not currently registered can register online at by clicking “Register to Vote.”)
  • Be 18 years of age (unless you are 17 years old and actively enrolled in high school or secondary school).
  • Not be a PA elected public official or a candidate.

If a person has been convicted of election related crimes under the election code, then they are unable to serve as a poll worker for 4 years (or for whatever length of time imposed by the courts).

Poll workers usually work all day on Election Day, from before the polls open at 7 a.m. to after the polls close at 8 p.m. Additionally, poll workers receive $50 when they participate in training and will be paid $200 for their services on Election Day (November 3, 2020).

Why should I become a poll worker?

All counties need poll workers—it’s a great way to support and help your community.

Poll workers do the key work of ensuring people exercise their right to vote. They also help ensure the safety and security of our election process—something that is critical to our nation’s democracy. Poll workers check in voters at polling places and set them up at the voting machines.

This year is a presidential election and voter turnout is expected to be high, so consider becoming a poll worker and spread the word to your friends and family who may be interested as well.

Help champion democracy—become a poll worker today.