Get a front row seat to Democracy!
Being a Shelby County Poll Worker is an exciting and rewarding way to take an active part in our democratic process. To put it simply, to protect voting is to protect democracy. And that’s work we can all feel good about.
Not only will you be able to serve your community and make democracy safe and accessible for your neighbors, but you also will be paid for your time. This is because serving as an election worker is a paid position! Pick up some extra cash while serving one of the most vital roles in our democracy.
So what will you actually be doing?
First, you’ll receive mandatory training on election procedure. On election day you’ll work at a polling place to help check voters in and answer logistical questions voters may have. You might also help out as a greeter, directing voters to the right tables and making sure that proper social distancing is being followed in the lines. At the end of the day, you might help out with ballot counting or processing.
What are the requirements to be a Poll Worker?
- You must be a registered voter in the State of Alabama
- You must be registered to vote at the precinct where you want to work
- You must interact well with the public and work well in stressful situations
- You must attend mandatory training prior to each election.
- You must be able to work a period of 14 to 15 hours on Election Day
- You cannot be a member of a candidate’s immediate family or a close relation, and you cannot be a member of a candidate’s political committee.
- You must have access to a cell phone (ideally, a smartphone) that can call and text that you can use throughout the day to report incidents, track numbers, and communicate with the poll Inspector
Student poll worker interns
Eligible high school and college students are also able to work at local polling places as unpaid poll worker interns.
How to sign up
To apply for a position as Poll Worker or Student Poll Worker, you must fill out an application. Click one of the following links to obtain an application form, and submit it to the address below:
Poll Worker Application
Student Poll Worker Internship
Shelby County Probate Office
112 North Main Street
PO Box 825
Columbiana, AL 35051
Poll Watchers are the eyes and ears for our Voter Protection team and are the first line of defense against any efforts to confuse and deter voters.
Poll Watchers are volunteers credentialed by a political party, and assigned to a specific polling place for the whole or part of Election Day. You must be a resident of Alabama, and must be appointed by a party with a candidate on the ballot. The names of poll watchers are submitted to the precinct election supervisors by the party chairmen in each county, and you must carry your appointment authorization to the polling place on election day.
Most polling places will be limited to two poll watchers, one Republican and one Democrat. A third watcher may be present when an independent or a third party is on the ballot.
An Invitation to young Alabama voters and progressives.
Young people in Alabama, particularly young Black and Latino voters, have long been the targets of voter suppression efforts and have a lot at stake in ensuring robust voter protection activities in our region. We need young Democrats and our young progressive allies to participate as poll watchers on the frontlines of our democratic process.
So what exactly do poll watchers do?
Poll watchers give information and assist when anything, or anyone, interferes with a voter’s ability to cast their ballot. Voter protection volunteers will receive all the training necessary to help when situations like these arise:
- Provisional and absentee ballot issues.
- Registration status problems.
- Challenges to voters’ citizenship.
- Changes to voters’ polling locations.
- Accessibility issues or voter intimidation.
This Job is for you if:
- You live in Shelby County and are a registered voter here.
- You are a problem solver and critical thinker.
- You don’t mind volunteering on your own
- You are available for a full day of poll watching on election day.
- You are available and willing to attend a live or online poll observer training and study the materials on your own.
- You must have your own transportation to the polling location.
- You must have access to a cell phone (ideally, a smartphone) that can call and text that you can use throughout the day to report incidents, track numbers, and communicate with the poll Inspector.
You cannot campaign, or display, or wear any campaign material or buttons while at the polling place, but supporting a particular candidate does not disqualify you.