Skip links

Election Day Workers

Become a Precinct Elections Official!

Precinct Elections Officials (PEOs) ensure that elections are conducted lawfully, assisting voters in a courteous and respectful manner. They work as a team to oversee elections at their assigned precinct or voting location.Ohio law provides that the county board of elections selects four registered voters, residents located in the county precinct to serve as PEOs. No more than half of the four PEOs from the precinct can be from the same political party.

What happens on Election Day?

In Montgomery County, Election Day voting happens at Polling Locations that may house a single precinct or multiple precincts.

Polling Locations are staffed by a team of Precinct Election Officials who have different titles, but all work together to serve voters & execute flawless elections.

Each Polling Location will have one Polling Location Supervisor (PLS)

          • Sets up location the day before
          • Manages location, assigns tasks, on-site equipment troubleshooter
          • Receives extra training on equipment & procedures
          • Has additional duties and responsibility for opening & closing the
          • election and managing data & materials

Each Precinct assigned to a Polling Location has the following Precinct Team members

          • Four Precinct Election Officials (PEOs)
          • Two Republican & Two Democrats
          • One Official acts as the Voting Location Manager (VLM)
            • Mandated by Ohio Revised Code
            • Serves as a “Group Leader” for their assigned precinct
            • Party of Voting Manager is determined by which candidate for governor in the last gubernatorial election received the most votes in that precinct

Worker Qualification

In order to truly safeguard the democratic process, we hire poll workers to staff and operate polling locations. To qualify as a poll worker, you must be:

  • A registered voter in Montgomery County.
  • Someone who enjoys working with people.
  • Willing to attend a two-hour training session.
  • Available for current or future elections.

Your duties will include:

  • Reporting to the Polling Location assigned at 5:45 a.m. and serve until all duties are completed after the closing of the polls.
  • Voting Location Managers must pick up election supplies at the Board of Elections prior to Election Day.
  • Prepare the Polling Location.
  • Verify Voter eligibility.
  • Process Voters.
  • Issue ballots to Voters.
  • Dismantle voting machines and pack up all supplies after the polls close at 7:30 p.m.
Learn more