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Becoming a Poll Worker
Poll Worker Contact Information: Please Complete
COVID-19 Precautions
Poll Worker Positions
Poll Worker Pay Chart
Filling Vacancies in the Election Board: Emergency Appointments
Poll Worker Drop Offs
Poll Worker Training
Poll Worker Materials

Civic participation is a cornerstone of our democracy, and poll workers are a critical component of the American electoral process and serve a vital role in ensuring the integrity of our vote. We thank poll workers for their service!



Becoming a Poll Worker

Poll workers — also referred to as “Election Officers” — are a critical component of the American election process and serve a vital role in ensuring the integrity of our vote. Responsibilities include signing in registered voters, explaining voting procedures and the use of voting equipment, providing ballots, and monitoring the conduct of the election.

Go to our Becoming a Poll Worker page for details about how to apply.



Poll Worker Contact Information: Please Complete

We ask that all current poll workers complete this brief form to ensure that we have your preferred email and phone number(s). Please note that all communication regarding poll worker training will be sent via email and posted on this website. No information related to poll worker responsibilities or training will be sent by mail.

Delaware County Poll Worker Contact Form



COVID-19 Precautions

Delaware County is committed to taking all necessary precautions to minimize the risk of spread of COVID-19 during the upcoming election. All polling locations will adhere strictly to CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines. Poll workers and poll watchers will be required to wear a face covering/mask, maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet, and wash hands and surfaces frequently.

All polling locations will be well equipped with COVID-19 PPE Kits that will include written COVID-19 procedures, disinfectant spray, hand sanitizer, wipes, gloves, face masks, face shields, disposable pens, and other items to ensure the health and safety of poll workers, voters and poll watchers.



Poll Worker Positions

Every polling place should be staffed by a minimum of five (5) Election Officials:

Judge of Elections

The Judge of Elections oversees all Election Day activities and personnel inside the polls, including the Constable. The Judge opens and closes the polls and is responsible for the paperwork as well as pick up and return of election supplies to the County Election Bureau.

Majority Inspector

The Majority Inspector will assist the Judge of Elections and share responsibility for the operation of the polling site. Along with the Minority Inspector, this inspector will manage the poll books and assist voter sign-in and delivery of ballots to eligible voters.

Minority Inspector

The Minority Inspector is of the opposing political party of the Judge and will help ensure bi-partisan representation on the local election board. The Minority Inspector has the same responsibilities as the Majority Inspector. In addition, the Minority Inspector is expected to appoint a Minority Clerk and sign the provisional ballot envelope. The Minority Inspector will also receive “Envelope B” on election night. This contains a copy of the election results and numbered list of voters. The Minority Inspector must keep this record of election day in the sealed envelope for two years.

Minority Clerk

The Minority Clerk is appointed by the Minority Inspector to assist in the operations of the polling location on election day. They are tasked with checking in voters, tracking voters in the numbered list of voter books, and delivering ballots.

Machine Operator(s)

The Machine Operator is appointed by the Majority Inspector. If additional inspectors are needed, they may be appointed by the county Board of Elections. The Machine Operator assists in the operations of the ballot scanning equipment and the ballot marking device on election day. They are tasked with assisting voters and maintaining voter privacy.

Also Present in Most Polls:

Election Day Constable

The Elected Constable of the township or borough appoints the Election Day Constable. This appointment must be approved by the Court prior to Election Day and this Election Day Constable must be able to produce a certificate when appearing at the polls to work. As with all other members of the local election board, Election Constables work under the direction of the Judge and must work a full day in order to be paid.



Poll Worker Pay Chart

Poll Worker compensation chart for the upcoming 2021 Municipal Primary will be posted here soon.



Filling Vacancies in the Election Board: Emergency Appointments

Pennsylvania Election Code (25 P.S. §2675) directs that “(c) Vacancies in election boards occurring at any time during the five days immediately preceding any primary or election or on the day of the primary or election may be filled by appointment by the County Board of Elections from a pool of competent persons who are qualified registered electors of the county…Any person appointed to fill a vacancy in accordance with this subsection shall serve as a member of the election board on the day of the primary or election only…”

If you are interested in volunteering to work as a district election board member, please send the Bureau of Elections a letter or email listing your name, registered address and contact phone number. Please indicate if you are interested in working only in your polling location, a polling location only in your municipality (town, borough, city) or if you are willing to be assigned anywhere within the County.

You must be available to attend one of the County training sessions. The Bureau will contact you regarding your emergency appointment within five days of the primary or election.



Poll Worker Drop Offs

Drop off locations for the 2021 Municipal Primary will be determined closer to the election



Poll Worker Training

Alert! Training is MANDATORY for all poll workers. All poll workers scheduled to work the November 2020 General Election are required to review the training materials listed below BEFORE election day and pass a short 20 question test in order to receive payment.

A score of 75% (15 out of 20 questions) is required to pass. Poll workers may take the test as many times as necessary to pass.

Delaware County Poll Worker Test


Alert! Updated Guidance for Poll Workers regarding Provisional Ballots and the Use of Red Pens

Any voter who requests a provisional ballot should be permitted to vote such a ballot. This includes voters who are shown in the poll book or supplemental poll book to have already returned their mail-in or absentee ballot. There is no risk that such voters will have their votes counted twice. Mail-in and absentee ballots are counted before provisional ballots and a voter’s provisional ballot is only considered if they are not listed as having already voted another way.

Based on recently issued guidance from the Department of State, it is no longer necessary for local election boards to mark up their poll books with red pens using information from the SURE report, as was done in the primary.


Polling Place Preparations

Safely Working Elections During COVID-19 [VIDEO, 13:01]
This 13-minute video provides guidance for ensuring that both you and your voting place have the tools and information needed to stay safe at the polls.

Safely Working Elections During COVID-19 [PDF]
This document is a printable version of the video above that can be shared with others.

How to Plan Your Polling Site (Including Combined Precincts) [PDF]
Setting up your polling place will require extra thought and planning due to COVID-19. This module will guide you on setting up your polling site safely, even if there are multiple precincts in one location.

Poll Worker Teleconference Recording [MP3, 83:21]
This poll worker teleconference was recorded on October 27, and includes information from the Bureau of Elections and a Q&A session with poll workers.

Poll Worker Teleconference Recording [MP3, 89:20]
This poll worker teleconference was recorded on October 28, and includes information from the Bureau of Elections and a Q&A session with poll workers.

Poll Worker Teleconference [MP3, 95:05]
This poll worker teleconference was recorded on October 29, and includes information from the Bureau of Elections and a Q&A session with poll workers.


Cage/Equipment Set Up and Opening

Opening Your Cage and Getting Set Up [VIDEO, 18:48]
This 18-minute video from the DELCO warehouse shows exactly what is in the cage and how to unpack and set up the equipment properly.

Connecting Your Machines [VIDEO, 11:41]
In this 11-minute video from the DELCO warehouse, you’ll learn how to properly hook up the voting equipment, including the Verity Scan, Touch Writer, and printer.

Setting up Verity Scan [PDF]
This document provides visual step-by-step instructions on setting up the scanner. Review this PDF in addition to viewing the DELCO warehouse videos.

How to Use Verity Scan [PDF]
This document provides visual step-by-step instructions for navigating the screen, printing reports, operating the scanner, and opening polls on the device. Review this PDF in addition to viewing the DELCO warehouse videos.

Setting Up Verity Touch Writer [PDF]
This document provides visual step-by-step instructions on setting up the ADA-compliant ballot marking device. Review this PDF in addition to viewing the DELCO warehouse videos.

Opening Polls with Verity Touch Writer [PDF]
This document is a step-by-step guide to printing reports and opening the polls on the ADA-compliant ballot marking device. Review this PDF in addition to the Election Day guides listed below.


Election Day

Election Day Processing & Assisting Voters [PDF]
UPDATED 10/30/20 – PLEASE REVIEW
This document contains checklists for confirming you have all the materials you need and opening your polling place. Also included is a step-by-step guide to the voting process, including special situations. It is recommended that you print this PDF or have it handy on your mobile device for Election Day.

Voting with Verity Scan [PDF]
This document contains visual step-by-step instructions for how the voter will use the scanner on Election Day. Review this PDF in addition to the Election Day guides listed below.

How to Vote Using Verity Scan [Video, 1:01]
The short video provides a simple explanation of the voting process from the perspective of a voter. It shows the completion of a paper ballot, the insertion of the ballot into the scanner, and an example of a ballot error and the options for the voter to correct the ballot or cast the ballot as is. Review this video to help familiarize yourself with the process and the scanner.

Voting with Verity Touch Writer [PDF]
This document contains visual step-by-step instructions for how you and the voter both will use the Touch Writer on Election Day. Review this PDF in addition to the Election Day guides listed below.

How to Vote on Verity Touch Writer [Video, 2:29]
The short video provides a brief overview of using the device intended for disabled voters, from the perspective of a voter. Review this video to help familiarize yourself with the device.

Guide to Provisional Ballots [PDF]
UPDATED 10/30/20 – PLEASE REVIEW
This document contains guidelines for when to issue a provisional ballot, the steps to follow when using a provisional ballot, and a checklist to help you stay on track. It is recommended that you print this PDF or have it handy on your mobile device for Election Day.

Election Day Guide for Poll Workers [PDF]
UPDATED 10/30/20 – PLEASE REVIEW
This comprehensive guide outlines your duties as a poll worker on Election Day and contains checklists to help ensure all necessary steps are followed for a safe, sound, and secure election.


Closing the Polls | Cage/Equipment Take-Down

Closing the Polls with Verity Scan [PDF]
This document provides visual step-by-step instructions for closing the polls on the scanner and printing the necessary reports. Review this PDF in addition to viewing video on Breaking Down and Packing Up.

Closing Polls with Verity Touch Writer [PDF]
This document provides visual step-by-step instructions for closing the polls on the ADA-compliant ballot marking device and printing the necessary reports. Review this PDF in addition to viewing video on Breaking Down and Packing Up.

Best Practices and Verity Device Reports [PDF]
This document contains tips for power supply and polling place security as well as a list of all the reports that can be printed on the Verity Scan and Touch Writer devices.

Breaking Down and Packing Up [VIDEO, 16:38]
To ensure that everything fits back in the cage properly, it is VERY important to put the equipment back in the same way you received it. Review this 16-minute video to make sure you know how to repack the cage.

End-of-Night Procedures [PDF]
UPDATED 10/30/20 – PLEASE REVIEW
This document contains the critical steps that must be followed at the end of Election Day to ensure a secure election.


State Training: Privacy, Protocols & Chain of Custody Processes>

These State resources provide poll workers with critical information necessary to the performance of their duties on Election Day. Poll workers should review these materials to ensure the integrity of the electoral process at their polling place.

Polling Place Rules and Regulations [PDF]
This document from the Pennsylvania Department of State provides state guidance on the laws and rules in effect at polling places to help voters, election officials, attorneys, and watchers understand their respective roles, responsibilities, and rights.

Poll Worker Training Module: Voter Identification [Video 4:18]

Poll Worker Training Module: Voters with Disabilities [Video, 5:27]

Poll Worker Training Module: Voters with Limited English Proficiency [Video, 5:16]

State Guidance on Voter Privacy [PDF]



Poll Worker Materials

Polling Place Poster: Why Paper Ballots in PA? [PDF]

Polling Place Poster: How to Vote with the Scanner [PDF]

Polling Place Poster: Make Your Vote Count! [PDF]



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