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Become a Precinct Election Official

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Democratic: Gena Howard or 632-7041
Republican: Christa Criddle or 632-7042

The Hamilton County Board of Elections encourages all private citizens to vote and to become involved in the election process. One of the most rewarding ways to do this is to become a Precinct Election Official (PEO), formerly known as a Poll Worker. PEOs serve on the frontline of democracy. Your commitment to public service is a tribute to you and your communities.

What are the responsibilities of a Precinct Election Official (PEO)

Precinct Election Officials conduct assigned duties at a polling site on Election Day. Duties can include issuing ballots to registered voters, explaining how to mark the ballot, monitoring the voting equipment, closing polls, and properly completing the required forms.

What are the hours of work

In Hamilton County Polling Places are open at 6:30 am to voters. PEOs must report at 5:30 am. Polls close at 7:30 pm and any voter in line is permitted to vote. PEOs are required to stay until all work is completed, usually 8:30 pm.

Types of Precinct Election Officials

Voting Location Manager (VLM): Pick up the supplies for the election on the Saturday before the election at a location near the polling place; coordinate all activities at the polling place at the Organization Meeting and throughout Election Day; report any problems to the Board of Elections; return the ballots and supplies to the Ballot Drop Off location.

Voting Location Deputy (VLD): May pick up the supplies for the election on the Saturday before election day, will assist the VLM with responsibilities and procedures at the polling place; must accompany the VLM, in the same car, to the Ballot Drop Off location.

Precinct Election Official (PEO): Participate in all activities at the Organizational Meeting and on Election Day. Assist the VLM and instruct each voter about the voting procedures at the polling place.


Are Precinct Election Officials compensated

Yes, PEOs are compensated for working at a rate determined by Ohio law and also compensated for attending any required training sessions. See the list below of PEO Pay


Voting Location Manager 

Supply Pick Up/Ballot Return--$10.00

Cell Phone Usage----------------$10.00
Training Class---------------------$45.00
Monday Set Up--------------------$20.00
Election Day----------------------$133.00            
Total                                           $218.00

Voting Location Deputy

Supplies (VLDS)

Supply Pick Up/Ballot Return--$10.00

Training Class---------------------$45.00
Monday Set Up--------------------$20.00
Election Day----------------------$116.50
Total                                           $191.50

Voting Location Deputy

Ride Along (VLDRA)       

Training Class-------$45.00

Monday Set Up------$20.00
Election Day--------$116.50

Ballot Return-----------$5.00
Total                        $186.50




Precinct Election Official      

Training  Class---------$45.00

Monday Set Up---------$20.00

Election Day-----------$116.50

Total                    $181.50



What are the specific qualifications to be a Precinct Election Official

To be a PEO a person must:

  • Be a registered and active voter in Hamilton County 
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be able to speak, read and write fluently in the English language
  • Have strong clerical skills
  • Be able to solve problems
  • Be an effective communicator
  • NOT be a candidate for any office to be voted on at the polling place at that election
  • NOT be a convicted Felon

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