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Hamilton County Needs Poll Workers

Become a Precinct Election Official

The Hamilton County Board of Elections encourages all private citizens to vote and to become involved in the election process. One of the most rewarding ways to do this is to become a Precinct Election Official (PEO), formerly known as a Poll Worker. PEO’s serve on the frontline of democracy. Your commitment to public service is a tribute to you and your communities.

What are the responsibilities of a Precinct Election Official (PEO)?

Precinct Election Officials conduct assigned duties at a polling site on Election Day. Duties can include issuing ballots to registered voters, explaining how to mark the ballot, monitoring the voting equipment, closing polls, and properly completing the required forms.

What are the hours of work?

In Hamilton County Polling Places are open at 6:30 am to voters. PEO’s must report at 6:00 am. Polls close at 7:30 pm and any voter in line is permitted to vote. PEO’s are required to stay until all work is completed, usually 8:30 pm.

Precinct Election Official Position Descriptions

  • Voting Location Manager (VLM): Pick up the supplies for the election on the Saturday before the election at a location near the assigned polling place; coordinate all activities at the polling place at the Organization Meeting and throughout Election Day; report any problems to the Board of Elections; return the ballots and supplies.
  • Voting Location Deputy (VLD): (a person of the opposite political party as the VLM) Assist the VLM with all responsibilities and procedures at the polling place; must accompany the VLM, in the same car, to the Ballot Drop Off location Election Night.
  • Precinct Election Official (PEO): Participate in all activities at the Organizational Meeting and on Election Day. Assist the VLM and instruct each voter about the voting procedures at the polling place.
  • Precinct Guide (PG): Direct each voter that enters a multiple polling location in Hamilton County to their correct voting precinct.

Are Precinct Election Officials compensated?

Yes, PEO’s are compensated for working at a rate determined by Ohio law and also compensated for attending any required training sessions. See the list below of PEO Pay:

Voting Location Manager

Supply Pick Up/Ballot Return–$10.00
Cell Phone Usage—–$10.00
Training Class——-$45.00
Monday Set Up—–$15.00
Election Day——-$101.50
Total $181.50

Voting Location Deputy

Training Class——-$45.00
Monday Set Up—–$15.00
Election Day——-$101.50
Ballot Return——-$5.00
Total $166.50

Precinct Election Official/Precinct Guide

Training Class——-$45.00
Monday Set Up—–$15.00
Election Day——-$101.50
Total $161.50

What are the specific qualifications to be a Precinct Election Official?

To be a PEO in Hamilton County, a person must:

  • Be a registered voter in Hamilton County
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be able to speak, read and write fluently in the English language
  • Have strong clerical skills
  • Be able to solve problems
  • Be an effective communicator
  • NOT be a candidate for any office to be voted on at the polling place at that election
  • NOT be a convicted Felon

Download a Precinct Election Official Application and Information Sheet at this link.

Contact these individuals from Hamilton County with any questions:

Democratic Contact
Gena Howard

Republican Contact
Christa Criddle


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