Durham County Board of Elections relies on more than 500 civic minded community members to help operate the polling places on Election Day. These people are your friends, coworkers and neighbors who give 2 – 3 days of paid service to ensure that everyone has a place to vote on Election Day. Being a poll worker is a great way to meet people in our community, have fun, make some extra cash, and fulfill your civic duty all while doing work that will look great on your resume.



The poll worker plays a critical role in a successfully-run election. This individual is the face of the election to the voters and is the first to handle problems that may occur. Serving as a poll worker requires an impartial, calm approach to handling highly-stressful situations.

Election Day is a long day for poll workers. The day usually begins around 6:00 AM before the polls officially open at 6:30 AM and extends through the closing procedures and cleanup that begins after the polls officially close at 7:30 PM. Poll workers assist with voting activity at the polling place for the entire day, while ensuring that they interact with the public in an impartial and professional manner. Poll workers must be able to quickly assess situations and formulate solutions to ensure smooth operations at the polling place. They also enforce electioneering restrictions outside the polling place to ensure that voters have clear access.

Mandatory training is vital to the success of every poll worker. Durham County Board of Elections works diligently to provide comprehensive and convenient training before each Election.



  • Be a registered voter living within Durham County
  • Must not hold any election office or be a candidate for election, OR hold any office in a state, congressional district, county or precinct political party/organization, OR be the treasurer/manager of such party/organization
  • Be of good moral character
  • Be able to read, write, and decipher information provided by voters
  • Be able to attend all mandatory training sessions prior to Election Day
  • Be able to assist with precinct set up on the Monday evening before Election Day
  • Be able to work on Election Day from 6:00 AM until approximately 9:00 PM or later as needed



  • Ability and knowledge to use computers, including using laptops and printers for election applications, voter look-ups, bar code scanners, etc.
  •  Ability to provide information to voters
  • Ability to express oneself clearly and effectively in verbal and written form
  • Ability to lift of move voting machines, precinct supply boxes and other voting materials



If you would like more information on becoming a Poll Worker, contact the Board of Elections via e-mail at or at (919) 560-0700.