Become an Election Official

Ever wonder what it would be like to help conduct an election? More than 4,500 people are needed on Election Day to help staff the polls, transport ballots and materials, and maintain political balance. Be a part of history, support democracy, and have fun while doing it by becoming an Election Official. Your community needs you!

Election Official Job Application Election Officials Profiles


To become an Election Official in Cuyahoga County:

  • You must be a registered voter in Cuyahoga County. Check your current voter registration status.
  • If you are 17 years old and a senior in high school, you can be an Election Official through our Future of Democracy program.
  • You must never have been convicted of a felony.
  • You cannot be a candidate for an office or a position and serve as an election official in any precinct where your name appears on the ballot.

To apply, please submit your application online. For questions or to learn more, please contact electionofficials@cuyahogacounty.us or call 216-443-3277. Learn more about each position below.

Voter Greeter

Positions Available

VOTING LOCATION MANAGER (VLM)

The Voting Location Manager’s primary function is to ensure that the Election Process is handled in an orderly, professional and lawful manner by providing their Precinct Election Officials with the necessary skills, materials and/or information to successfully conduct the election. Serve as a technical resource and resolve issues and troubleshoot election equipment. VLMs must have the ability to interact with individuals from various backgrounds and learning styles and possess good managerial and leadership skills. This position earns $200 per election.

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VOTING LOCATION DEPUTY (VLD)


The Voting Location Deputy’s primary function is to ensure that the Election Process is handled in an orderly, professional and lawful manner by overseeing all activities performed in their assigned location. The VLD serves as the lead worker at the Voter Assistance Table (Provisional Voters) and assumes the main leadership role in the Polling Location in the absence of the Voting Location Manager. The VLD must have the ability to interact with individuals from various backgrounds and learning styles. This position earns $182.10 per election.

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PRECINCT ELECTION OFFICIAL (PEO)

A Precinct Election Official’s primary function is to ensure that the Election Process is handled in an orderly, professional and lawful manner by performing all duties assigned by the Voting Location Manager (VLM) of their polling location. A PEO must have the ability to interact with individuals from various backgrounds and learning styles. This position earns $172.10 per election.

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BILINGUAL ELECTION OFFICIAL (PEOST)

A Bilingual Precinct Election Official’s primary function is to ensure that the Election Process is handled in an orderly, professional, and lawful manner by performing all duties assigned by the Voting Location Manager of their polling location. A PEOST must have the ability to interact with individuals from various backgrounds and learning styles. A PEOST is also responsible for translating voting instructions and providing assistance to Spanish speaking voters with limited English proficiency. This position earns $172.10 per election.

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VOTING LOCATION MANAGER STANDBY

The Standby Voting Location Manager’s primary function is to report to a Polling Location as needed to replace an absent VLM on Election Day. Must be able and willing to travel throughout Cuyahoga County; attend and pass VLM training; be available by phone from 6-10 p.m. the Monday Night before Election Day and up until 11 a.m. on Election Day; report to your assigned Polling Location within 45 minutes if you are contacted. This position earns $50 per election if NOT contacted, $200 if contacted and work Election Day.

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PRECINCT ELECTION OFFICIAL STANDBY

The Standby Precinct Election Official’s primary function is to report to a Polling Location as needed to replace an absent PEO on Election Day. Must be able and willing to travel throughout Cuyahoga County; attend and pass PEO training; be available by phone from 6-10 p.m. the Monday Night before Election Day and up until 11 a.m. on Election Day; report to your assigned Polling Location within 45 minutes if you are contacted. This position earns $50 per election if NOT contacted, $172.10 if contacted and work Election Day.

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ROVER/DROP-OFF CAPTAIN

Rovers/Drop-Off Captains travel to various polling locations to assess and assist with problems related to the voting process, safeguard sensitive documents and supplies, and deliver election-related materials to the polling locations on Monday, among other duties. Rovers are responsible for monitoring activity outside of a Polling Location and ensuring that parking and the entrance to the location are accessible for all voters. This position earns $11 per hour ($10 bonus for Drop-Off Captains). Start time is Monday at 11 a.m.; Election Day 5 a.m. Will be expected to work late into the evening both Monday and Tuesday night.

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BALLOT DROP-OFF ASSISTANT

The Ballot Drop-Off Assistant helps the Drop-Off Captain in fulfilling duties, loads and unloads supplies from PEOs and ballot-transportation vehicles, and performs all other duties as assigned. Base rate is $65.00 per election; hours begin at 6:00 p.m. on Election Day until complete.

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RIDE-ALONG CLERK

Ride-Along Clerks are essential to help maintain political balance on Election Day. They ride with law enforcement officials to and from drop-off locations and the Board of Elections warehouse to deliver ballots and other election materials on the evening of Election Day. Each vehicle is staffed with one Democrat and one Republican. This position earns $10/hour and will earn a minimum of $40.00; hours vary by election. 

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