How to Become an Election Ballot Clerk

Updated February 21, 2017

An election clerk is vital to Election Day. Clerks are needed to guard and distribute ballots, maintain the incoming voter list and the locked box that the voter places their votes into. When the polls close, a team of election clerks must be available to count the ballots and votes. Are you interested in serving your municipality and country by working during the election day process? Do you think you can spend time at the polling place in your town or city and present a neutral front as voters assemble to cast their ballots? If you are at least 18 years old and have a social security number, you can apply for the job of an election clerk.

Register to vote if you have not already done so.

Talk with ballot clerks that you know and ask about what they do when on duty at the polling place. Go online and visit the website for your state to view election clerk laws.

Contact a municipal clerk by phone or letter and formally request to be put on the list of potential ballot clerks.

Wait to be contacted by the municipal clerk in April after the town board of selectmen or city council meets and votes on election clerks. This meeting only takes place once a year.

Attend any private or group training that will be done to prepare you for the job.


Do not sign up if you cannot commit to several hours of election duties a year. Do not contact the clerk to see if you have been approved; wait to be contacted.

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