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Poll worker retention

Poll workers are the face of the election and contribute to public confidence in the voting process. When we think of poll workers, we think of the election judges, booth workers, precinct officials, or board workers who serve in voting locations on Election Day or during early voting. This is one of four standards that define excellence in poll worker programs. This draft standard will be updated based on feedback from the election community.


Your election office supports retention of competent poll workers and honors their civic contribution by providing a positive poll worker experience, making poll workers feel appreciated, and incorporating feedback on their experience. To achieve this standard:

  • You find ways to recognize and celebrate poll workers for their service.
  • You solicit feedback from poll workers and find opportunities for improvement based on their suggestions. 

Why this standard matters

It is important that we are explicit about the underlying why for each standard. While not attached to measurements, the intended impact of an election department achieving this standard is that:

  • Election departments will have a dedicated and experienced pool of poll workers to invite to serve in elections. 
  • You reduce the burden on your election office to recruit and train enough poll workers for elections.
  • The public will have knowledgeable and experienced poll workers who build their confidence in the election process.