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Poll Workers

poll worker handing a blank ballot to a registered voter.


The Schenectady County Board of Elections employs hundreds of poll workers on Election Day.  

Poll workers are responsible for performing a variety of tasks including signing in voters, directing voters to their correct polling place, assisting voters that may need help voting, and documenting information on appropriate forms. Bilingual individuals, speaking fluent English and Spanish, are also needed and encouraged to apply. 

There are Two Types of Poll Workers:

  1. Poll Inspectors
  2. Voting System Specialists

Become a Poll Worker!


In order to serve as a poll worker you must be a registered voter, a resident of Schenectady County, and attend a two to three-hour training session.  Training sessions are scheduled at various times over the summer and fall.  You can select the time that is most convenient for you.  Day and night sessions are available.

Poll Worker's are paid for their time and service.

You will be paid:

  • $40 for training 
  • $250 for serving as a poll worker on an Election Day (Hours are 5am-9:30pm)
  • $130 for serving as a poll worker for Early Voting Day (hours vary)

Become a Poll Worker Today!  Call 518-377-2469, email, or use our Information Request form.


In-person Poll Worker Training

Poll Inspectors and Voting System Specialists play an important role in carrying out public elections. Each year, the Schenectady County Board of Elections hosts in-person training to ensure all poll workers have the skills and tools to fulfill their responsibility.  You can register for an in-person training class online.

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The Schenectady County Board of Elections offers online refresher courses for returning and experienced poll workers.