Be a Precinct Election Official

Every Election Day, thousands of Ohioans play an important role in our democracy by helping to operate polling places. These Precinct Election Officials (P.E.O.s) work hard to ensure their neighbors can vote with ease on Election Day, while helping to safeguard the process so all Ohioans can have confidence in the results.

To become a Precinct Election Official in Ohio:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be at least 18 years of age and registered to vote
  • You must be a registered voter in the county in which you plan to work as a P.E.O.
  • You must not have been convicted of a felony
  • You cannot be running as a candidate for the election in which you are working

What are the benefits?

  • It is a great way to learn, serve and earn extra spending money in the process (more than $100 for the day in most counties).
  • You can gain a better understanding of the election and voting process.
  • You can feel pride for serving your community and help democracy work by making sure every voter can vote.

Keep in mind:

  • All P.E.O.s are required to attend a training session scheduled by your county board of elections prior to the election.
  • You can expect to work from about 5:30 a.m. (polls are open at 6:30) until 8:30 p.m. (polls close at 7:30), though working hours vary from county to county.

Want to join Ohio’s P.E.O. ranks?


Sign up by clicking the image above to receive more information or contact your county board of elections. Someone from your county board of elections will be in touch soon.

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*Disclaimer: County boards of elections are responsible for hiring precinct election officials for their own counties, determining the hours precinct election officials will work on Election Day and the compensation they will receive.