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If you are currently a poll worker, thank you for your service to the voters of Idaho.

A ballot marking device for the visually impaired, the elderly and persons with disabilities will be available at every polling place in compliance with the Help America Vote Act. The following links provide information about the device and how it is used and will help you better serve the voters.

Ballot Marking Device picture [JPG]
Device Graphic [PDF]
Keypad Graphic [PDF]
Device Instructions [MS Word]
Disability Etiquette Brochure [PDF]

Become a Poll Worker

In each Primary and General Election, there are approximately 900 precincts in the state and each and every one of them need election workers!

You are "people oriented" and enjoy serving the public.
You are available to attend a training class prior to Election Day.
You are available to work long hours on Election Day.

There is a training class held shortly before each election.


All workers assist in setting up the polling place in the morning and assist in returning the polling place to it's condition as it appeared when they arrived at the end of the day.

The following is a list of various poll worker positions at a "typical" polling place within the state. Your polling place may combine some of the functions and not have all of the positions listed.

  • Chief Judge of Election - The Chief Judge is the principal greeter, demonstrator and troubleshooter. The Chief Judge assigns positions and swears in other election board members.
  • Registration Clerk - The Registration Clerk is in charge of Election Day Registration. An elector can register on Election Day with proof of residence and photo ID.
  • Poll Book Clerk - The Poll Book Clerk checks the name and address of each elector, adds election day registrations to the Poll Book, and reconciles the Election Record and Poll Book at the end of election day.
  • Issuing Clerk - The Issuing Clerk is in charge of stamping and issuing ballots.
  • Receiving Clerk - The Receiving Clerk is in charge of receiving, recording and depositing the voted ballots.
  • Tally Clerk - In paper ballot counties the Tally Clerks are responsible for tallying the vote. There are four Tally Clerks. One clerk reads the voted ballots, one clerk watches and makes certain the ballots are read correctly and two clerks record the tally.

Please contact your County Clerk for more information if you are interested in becoming a polling place worker.

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