Becoming an Election Official

Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming an Election Official
What qualifications do I need to be an Election Official?

You must be at least 18 years of age
Registered voter in Benton County
Be comfortable learning to work the Electronic Poll Books and the Election Machines
Be comfortable working a 13–15-hour day (depending on the Election)
Able to stand and sit for long periods of time
Must be available for BOTH the Primary and General Elections in Even Number years
Be able to read and write the English language
Be able to get along with fellow election officials
Deal with voters in a courteous, efficient and fair manner
Follow the procedures as set out in the State of Arkansas Election Laws
Be willing to attend a one day training class

Is this a volunteer position?

You can choose to volunteer your time or be paid. Election officials are paid $11.00 an hour. However, because the General Election year is every other year, election work can be sporadic and should never be considered full or part time employment.

What steps do I take to become an Election Official?

Start by filling out an online application and submit it to the Benton County Election Commission. If your application is selected, upon hiring you will be required to complete additional paper work and attend a mandatory training class prior to working.

Will I receive training?

Yes, all Poll workers are required by Arkansas Election Law to be trained and pass a test before a Primary Election. You will need to be able to attend an 8 hour training prior to a Primary or General Election.

What are the hours?

A normal Election Day is 7:00 a.m. to around 8:00 p.m.; however, the Election Supervisor will contact you to let you know what time to be at the polls for set-up. Election Officials, typically work until the polls close.

When will I work?

In an even numbered Election year, there will be a Primary in March (for presidential years) or May, possibly a Primary Run-off four weeks later, General Election in November and possibly a General Election Run-off four weeks later. At any time, we may have “Special Elections” called by the school boards, cities, county or state and these would be held on the second Tuesday of the month in February or August. The size of the election will determine the number of election officials needed, so you may not work every election. Your poll Supervisor will contact you to let you know that your polling location is open for an election and you are needed for that election.