Be a Precinct Official

The elections process is made up of many different people in varying positions. Each election in Rutherford County involves between 125 and 200 people working at the polling places, at Early Voting and in the Board of Elections office. Do you want to help? Here's what you need to know:


All Early Voting officials are considered temporary employees of the Board of Elections office. This prohibits any Early Voting worker from political activity such as campaigning or publicly endorsing a candidate or referendum.

Any Official working during the Early voting period will be required to:

  • attend 2 hour training sessions (in addition to any assigned training for other positions)

  • have transportation to and from the voting site or facility

  • must be available the entire early voting period or longer for MAT members

  • work multiple days and lift up to 30 pounds if necessary

  • assist with setup if working at a voting site

One-Stop early voting locations are approved before each election. Dependent upon the sites operating hours and estimated voter turn out, the number of officials assigned to a site may vary and 2 shifts may be offered. Many election day officials serve as one-stop officials. The duties of one-stop are similar to those of Election Day. All One-Stop officials are required to attend a training session (separate from election day). Officials are assigned to work at a specific station during the entire one stop period. Early Voting positions consist of the following:

  • Chief Judge/Site Manager 

    • manage voting site

    • inventory supplies and ballots needed

    • monitor no campaigning buffer zone

    • document issues/complaints (computer, voter, campaigner, etc.)

    • cleans voting booths

  • Information/Line control

    • will manage the voter line and traffic to the check-in stations 

    • provide basic voting information if requested

    • extended periods of standing may be required

  • Voter Check-in/Curbside​

    • setting up a laptop and printer​

    • data entry of voter information

    • print voting forms for voters

  • Help Station​

    • account for and secure provisional ballots

    • issue Provisional ballots to voters ​

    • assist voters who need to use the use the accessible ballot marking device

    • assist curbside voters (will require extensive walking/standing)

  • Ballot Station​

    • verify voting forms are complete​

    • account for and secure ballots

    • issue ballots to voters

  • Exit​

    • monitors the ballot tabulator​

    • assists voters with tabulator error messages

    • cleans secrecy folders and ensures voters don't leave with a ballot


Every Election cycle, we are dependent upon qualified individuals to serve as election officials. An individual's party affiliation, address, and repute are all factors when being considered as a precinct official. 

NC Election Laws & Rules have specific requirements and restrictions when appointing precinct officials. We encourage all who are interested to apply. 

All Precinct Officials will be required to:

  • attend 2-3 hour training sessions 

  • have their own transportation to and from the polling place on Election Day

  • work from 6:00 am until at least 8:00 pm

  • lift 30 pounds

  • assist with setting up the precinct the night before


Chief Judges

One Chief Judge serves in each precinct on Election Day. They are the managers of the precinct. They are responsible for

  • visiting the precinct to meet with site personnel before the election or primary

  • coordinating with their precinct Judges and Assistants

  • ensuring officials know what their duties are and how to preform them

  • maintaining order inside and outside of the precinct

  • identifying deficiencies at the precinct and notify the Board of Elections

  • transporting supplies to and from the precinct before and on election day



One Republican Judge and one Democrat Judge will serve in each precinct on Election Day. They are assigned and trained to work at either the Ballot station or the Exit station in a precinct. All precinct officials assist with the setup of the precinct the night before the election. In addition to their station duties, Judges will assist the Chief Judge with

  • verifying supplies

  • opening and closing of the polls

  • ruling on voter challenges in the precinct on election day

  • witnessing election documentation



A minimum of one Republican and one Democrat will serve as an assistant in each precinct. They are assigned and trained to work at the Voter Check-in or Help station in a precinct.

Voter Check-in Assistants must have a technical knowledge at a level that is able to:

  • set up a laptop and printer

  • handle consistent data entry for voter look up and printing forms/reports

  • change ink cartridges

Help Assistants do NOT need to have computer skills but will need:

  • basic technical knowledge to assist voters with the accessible voting equipment

  • to do a considerable amount of walking to assist curbside voters


Student Assistants

A minimum of one student will serve at each precinct. Only students with good academic standing and permission from their principal and parent may participate. Student must be:

  • a U.S. Citizen

  • will be at least 17 years old by Election Day

  • reside in Rutherford County



Appointed by election as needed to handle technical issues. Rovers will be assigned to a specific group of precincts that they will assist during setup the night before and then again on Election Day.  They will be trained on how to handle issues with voting equipment including the ballot counter, accessible voting machines, laptops, barcode scanners, cell phones, and other items as required. Rovers must meet the following requirements:

  • have a valid driver’s license and a vehicle large enough to transport voting equipment if needed

  • able to lift of up to 50 pounds

Compensation for Officials per Election


Chief Judge $185.00
Judge $135.00
Election Coordinator $125.00
Assistant $110.00
Training Pay $ 20.00
Term of Office: Two years for Chief Judge and Judge and all other positions for one election
If you are interested you may contact us at 287-6023 or come into the office!