Each year, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections hires about 4,500 election officials to work the polls for the General Election. Having enough people staff each polling location is critical to the overall success of the election, which is why we don’t take any chances. We are now hiring stand-by poll workers to step up in the event someone cannot fulfill their Election Day assignment.
Stand-by poll workers will receive a minimum stipend of $100 for being on call Monday and reporting on Tuesday. See below for additional requirements, and click here to apply.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections must hire nearly 300 temporary employees to successfully prepare for, conduct and wrap up the election this November. Job seekers are invited to attend an open house and job fair to learn more about the open positions, meet staff and hiring managers, and apply in person.
Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Location: Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115 Cost: Free (Free parking available in rear of building)
We’ve asked some of our long-time poll workers to share their stories as part of our poll worker spotlight series. Throughout the years, Alicia Alto has made great memories serving her community as a poll worker, and encourages everyone who is able to try it out. Continue reading to learn more about her experience and see what it’s like to work the polls.
How long have you been serving as a poll worker? Since 2013.
What brings you back each year? The feeling and knowledge that my participation in election facilitation is an important role in our society’s success.
What are some of your most memorable moments as an Election Official? As a Voting Location Manager, I have great memories of meeting new precinct election officials (PEOs) who are working for the first time – and then seeing them return at the next election. I also love hearing from other PEOs who have been working for longer than I have even been able to vote. A lot of folks take great pride in their role in election facilitation.
What is your favorite part about being an Election Official? My favorite part of being an Election Official is meeting like-minded individuals who also feel a sense of responsibility to do this civic duty. There is great opportunity to learn from their experiences, both in regards to working an election and in regards to life outside of the election.
I also love meeting and seeing regular/return voters. They care so much about the community. It’s very encouraging.
Describe the energy at polling locations on Election Day. There are many different vibes throughout the day. In the morning, there is a sense of urgency to get the location operational for voters.
During the “rushes” where many voters show up at one time, there is a very focused atmosphere. Everyone is ready and willing to help voters exercise their right to vote.
During the lulls in voter activity, there is a lot of friendly conversation and joking between PEOs. It keeps the day entertaining.
At the end of the day, there is a great sense of accomplishment – We made it through the election! It’s followed by a surge in energy while everyone works together to get the polls closed up so that we can get home.
Why is being an Election Official important to you? It is very important to me that I do what I can to make a difference. I do volunteer and donate when I am able, but working the elections is a great way to serve my community in a way that addresses their fundamental right to speak their mind through the voting process.
Did you feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day? Can you describe this? Yes. The Election Day is a very long but very important day. Sometimes the day throws you a curve ball and sometimes everything runs more smoothly than you could ever imagine – but either way, it’s a great feeling to know that you’ve been a huge part of the voting process for folks who care to speak their mind and rock their vote in an attempt to affect change in our society. The right to vote is so important and I enjoy feeling like I’ve helped others to exercise that right.
What is it like to know you made a difference in our electoral process? It’s a great feeling. I think that a lot of Americans take their right to vote for granted, but that doesn’t render it any less important. The more that I am involved and the more that I encourage others to be involved, the greater the difference I am making.
Why, in your opinion, should others become Election Officials? It is a new experience with great opportunity – opportunity to meet others, opportunity to make a difference, opportunity to make money, opportunity for a change of pace. I think everyone should work at least one election. I think many would even return!
We are now accepting applications for poll workers for the May 8 Primary Election. To be considered for this honorable service, please apply online or call 216-443-3277 for more information.
To view all of the stories in our poll worker spotlight series, click here.
Did you know that we hire more than 4,000 poll workers for every election?
Perhaps you have come to recognize some of the friendly faces at your polling location. People who come back election after election because of the relationships they’ve made and the pride they have for serving their communities.
While we at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections are fortunate to have a core workforce of returning poll workers, we still have a large quota to meet for each election and are always in need of new faces to help staff polling locations.
Being a poll worker can be a rewarding experience. We have asked some of our most loyal workers to share what helping out with elections means to them. We will be featuring stories from several poll workers over the coming weeks.
Continue reading for our first poll worker spotlight.
Poll Worker Spotlight: John Derwis
How long have you been serving as a poll worker? Six years.
What brings you back each year? A sense of giving back to the community.
What are some of your most memorable moments as an Election Official? I enjoy seeing people who vote because they are concerned about their community and country.
What is your favorite part about being an Election Official? The camaraderie among the workers whether Democrat, Republican or Independent.
Describe the energy at polling locations on Election Day. Everyone seems to be working with peak awareness that they are serving our country in a very important way.
Why is being an Election Official important to you? Rather than just taking up space in this country, I am serving—as I did in the Army through the Vietnam War—with a very important purpose of maintaining a free country.
Did you feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day? Can you describe this? I felt that I did my small part in protecting our rights as citizens of the United States of America. By the end of the day, I was exhausted, but had a feeling of accomplishment and gratification.
What is it like to know you made a difference in our electoral process? It is very gratifying to know I made a difference in the electoral process.
Why, in your opinion, should others become Election Officials? If you have some sense of duty and understanding of how our country operates, I would recommend you working the polls.
Please share any thoughts you have about being an Election Official. Many thanks to our forefathers who established our system of government.
We thank John for his service as a poll worker and for participating in our spotlight series. If you or someone you know may be interested in becoming a poll worker, learn more by clicking here.
To view all of the stories in our poll worker spotlight series, click here.
This month we are proud to recognize some of our most loyal and long-time poll workers. We can rely on these election officials to successfully run elections at their polling locations, return for work election after election, and set an example for their fellow workers.
Staff from our election officials department nominated high-achieving workers for the following recognition categories:
Voting Location Managers and Directors for outstanding leadership
Service & Loyalty Awards
Longest-serving election official in Cuyahoga County (62 elections!)
Election officials having served 30+ elections
Individual Precinct Election Officials for outstanding performance
Each award winner received a personalized thank-you letter and certificate for their accomplishments. Overall, 250 poll workers were recognized for their service, and 300 certificates were mailed out, as some workers received more than one recognition. Thousands of workers are typically hired to work a single election.
Congratulations to these workers who demonstrate exceptional leadership and service!
As the November 7, 2017 election draws near, we are still in need of election officials (poll workers) to work the polls on Election Day.
Election Officials have the unique opportunity to catch a behind-the-scenes look at the election process. They play a vital role in bringing elections to their communities and helping voters at the polls.
Reflections from Long-term Election Officials
We asked a few of our long-time poll workers why they continue to serve each election. Here’s what they had to say:
“I love serving the people knowing that I am doing worthwhile work. It’s important to help young voters, especially to help them understand their vote really is counted.”
“One year during the presidential election we all started clapping for first-time voters. Seeing their expressions was memorable. It is really cool to see young people vote.”
“It gives me gratification to see people exercising their constitutional right to vote. Blood was shed to have these rights.”
“I feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. That’s what keeps me coming back.”
“Elections are for the people, by the people. We are here for one another.”
“I’ve made a lot of friends doing this.”
“This will be my fourth presidential election. I’ve been doing this for about 20 years. If I would have known about being a poll worker at a younger age I would have started sooner! It makes me feel like I am participating in my government.”
Become a Poll Worker
Being a poll worker is more than passing out ballots on Election Day. It is about providing the means for those in your community to have a voice and practice their civic duty and right to vote.
If you have the extra time this upcoming November 7, please consider applying to serve your community. Poll workers earn up to $200 and all training is provided.
The Board of Elections is now hiring Election Officials (poll workers) to assist voters on Election Day. Election Officials can earn up to $200. There are hundreds of openings for workers in all areas of the county.
“This important work is an opportunity for civic-minded citizens to serve our democracy and to earn extra money for the holidays,” said Pat McDonald, Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
People who are interested in being an Election Official are being asked to apply as soon as possible to allow time for processing and training. Applicants may apply on-line at www.443VOTE.com or call the Election Officials Department at 216-443-3277.
We’re in need of an Assistant Manager in our Election Officials Department. This individual will help oversee the recruitment, training, and placement of Election Day poll workers. This is an essential role in the successful administration of elections. For job requirements and full description of duties, visit our employment portal. Be part of history, support democracy, have fun and get paid while doing it. Apply by February 10!
The last time I voted at my polling location I was greeted with a huge smile and a friendly face as my poll worker exclaimed, “I remember you from last year!” We love that so many workers return year after year. Perhaps by now, you too, may have come to recognize some of the people staffing your polling location, but what about those who help with the “behind-the-scenes” duties?
We hire thousands of poll workers to staff every election. Most of our workers are front and center assisting voters with ballots, scanners, questions, and let’s not forget about my favorite part of voting – the stickers! What you may not realize are the hundreds of people helping to transport ballots, supplies and equipment to and from polling locations, the leaders who troubleshoot any issues which may arise throughout the day, and those who ensure all rules and regulations are being followed. All of these duties are essential to conducting a successful election.
Travels to various polling locations to assess and assist with problems related to the voting process, safeguards sensitive documents and supplies, and delivers election-related materials to polling locations on Monday, among other duties. This interactive video helps to explain the duties. Earns $11/hour; hours vary on Election Day and the day before. Click for full job description.
Assists the Drop-off Captain in fulfilling duties, loads and unloads supplies from poll worker and ballot-transportation vehicles, and performs all other duties as assigned. Base rate $65.00; hours begin at 6:00 p.m. on Election Day until complete. Click for full job description.
Ride Alongs are essential to help maintain political balance on Election Day. They ride with law enforcement officials to and from drop-off locations and the Board of Elections warehouse to deliver ballots and other election materials on the evening of Election Day. Each vehicle is staffed with one Democrat and one Republican. They also help direct cars coming and going from the drop-off locations. Earns $10/hour and will earn a minimum of $40.00; hours vary by election. Click for full job description.
How to Apply
Contact Anthony Black, Special Recruit Hiring Coordinator directly to express interest in these jobs. Anthony can be reached at 216-443-3232 x 7303 or at email@example.com.
Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted, said it himself – we all need to declare a day for democracy and do our part to help with Ohio elections. What better way to do your part while earning some extra spending money in the process? We hope to see you on Election Day!
Author: Cathy Bajic, Community Outreach Coordinator, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections