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Election Workers are essential to ensuring that elections are a success. With each election, thousands of dedicated Harris County residents dedicate themselves to sustaining the backbone of democracy -- our election process. On average, Harris County opens approximately 750 polls each Election Day.

The Harris County Elections Administrator's Office encourages those interested in becoming election workers at the polls on Election Day to learn more about what is required and how to sign-up. 

Election Worker

In Texas, at a minimum, to be eligible for appointment as an election worker, a person must be a U.S citizen and a qualified voter of the territory of the election.

Requirements to become an Election Worker

An individual who is interested in working at a poll may sign up with the Harris Elections Administrator's Office.

Individuals are also encouraged to contact one of the major political parties for possible nomination to work as a presiding or alternate election judge. Nominations are made in June, so please contact the party as soon as possible.

In Texas, by law, the presiding election judges are empowered to hire their Election Day staff. Thus, an individual who is interested in working at a poll may also directly contact the presiding chair of their precinct to volunteer their services. To find out who the precinct chair is for your precinct please click HERE.

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Bilingual Election Workers

Individuals who speak and read Spanish, Vietnamese, or Chinese, in addition to English, are encouraged to apply to work on Election Day by choosing the "Apply Now" button and submitting the completed form. Bilingual Clerks are needed to support election judges in their efforts to comply with state and federal laws pertaining to language assistance at the poll.

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Election Training

Harris County Elections provides comprehensive instruction and documentation prior to every election. In our Polling Locations, Poll Workers serve as the face of the Department, providing best-in-class customer service. We are committed to supporting our poll workers with the training and resources they need to successfully serve Harris County voters.

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All Election Judges and Clerks are required to complete a 4-hour, in-person training class to work the November 8 General Election. This class will include over three hours of hands-on instruction. Following training, Judges will be required to complete a test and achieve a score of at least 80%. 

Training Information

Student Election Worker

High school students 16 years of age and older may serve as election clerks in Texas elections. High School Election Clerks must attend training, are paid for their service, and receive an excused absence from school.

    How do I become a Student Election Worker

    The purpose of Student Election Workers is two-fold:

    • to introduce students to the electoral process and inspire them with an interest in their government, and
    • to provide election authorities with an additional resource of persons who can serve at the polls.

    Students interested in serving as election clerks must:

    • Be 16 years of age or older on Election Day
    • Be enrolled in a public, private, or qualified home school
    • Be a U.S. Citizen
    • Have consent of their parent or legal guardian and their school principal (or parent/legal guardian for home-schooled students)
    • Attend training classes prior to Election Day

    Accept or Decline Placement


    Presiding Judge appointees should complete the first section of the online form as soon as the Notice of Placement is received from the Elections Administrator’s office.

    The remaining sections of the online form may be completed by the Presiding Judge when the judge chooses their clerks, including bilingual clerks (if applicable). For polls requiring bilingual clerks, judges should make every effort to fill those positions to ensure compliance with Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act. All election workers are required to attend training.

    Note: Judges should check their spam folder if they are expecting an e-mail correspondence from our office. 

    Election Day Supplies


    Presiding Judges are required to pick-up their Election Equipment prior to Early Voting and Election Day. For more information, contact the election's office at (713) 755-6965. 
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