Poll Workers

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years old
  • Must be a registered voter in Union County
  • Must read and write English legibly
  • Must be able to get to your polling location
  • Attend a mandatory virtual training

Rate of Pay

  • The statutory pay for working an Election Day is $300

Responsibilities

  • Help your community exercise their right to vote in Union County!!!
  • Work the June Primary Election and the November General Election
  • Work 5:15am – 8:00pm
  • Set up and operate the voting machines, equipment and supplies
  • Process voters

Online Poll Worker Application

Virtual Training

The Board of Elections is pleased to announce a NEW & IMPROVED virtual training platform in an effort to be more accessible and flexible for our poll workers.

Click here to access the online training.

  • The platform will be available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. 
  • You can review a specific section as often as you wish to ensure you understand all aspects of your duties on Election Day! 
  • You can reference all materials on your mobile device on Election Day in the event you need additional support while things are happening!
  • Videos have been added to show you how to interact with your voters and how to perform your functions well.
  • Assessments are included so you can gauge your understanding of certain topics.

Mandatory Poll Worker Training

The Union County Board of Elections is migrating to Electronic Poll Books for the entire county! Training is mandatory for poll workers. Training is paid if your work commitment has been fulfilled.

Please see the training schedule below. You MUST attend at least one class. If you do not attend a class, you cannot work on Election Day.

We want you to be as comfortable as possible using the new machine and capable of assisting voters as necessary! Feel free to come to any of the classes which accommodate your schedule.

If you have attended Early Voting Training because you are part of an Early Voting Poll Worker Team, you have already been trained and this does not apply to you.

Please note, all poll worker training has concluded for the 2021 General Election

First Timers Training

First and foremost, thank you for working on Election Day as a poll worker with the Union County Board of Elections to ensure our communities can exercise their right to vote.  Your participation is very much appreciated!

Pursuant to State Statute, each new poll worker must receive training prior to working on Election Day and every two years thereafter.  Please allow approximately 2 hours for training. If you are not on time, you will be asked to leave and attend another training.

This detailed training is designed to provide Union County’s Poll Workers with the knowledge and tools necessary to be an effective and educated poll worker.

Below please find the schedule of available training sessions for First Time Poll Workers.  You only need to attend one training course.

I look forward to seeing you then!

Nicole L. DiRado, Administrator
Union County Board of Elections

DateTimeLocation
Monday, May 23, 202210:00amMountainside Municipal Building – Community Room 1385 Route 22 West, Mountainside
Tuesday, May 24, 20229:00amUnion County Emergency Management Building 535 Laurel Ave., Roselle Park
Tuesday, May 24, 20226:00pmUnion County Emergency Management Building 535 Laurel Ave., Roselle Park  
Wednesday, May 25, 20229:00amUnion County Emergency Management Building 535 Laurel Ave., Roselle Park
Wednesday, May 25, 20225:00pmMountainside Municipal Building – Community Room 1385 Route 22 West, Mountainside
Wednesday, June 1, 202210:00amPlainfield Public Library, Meeting Room 800 Park Avenue
Thursday, June 2, 20226:00pmUnion Township Senior Center, 652 Rahway Avenue
Saturday, June 4, 202212:30pmUnion County Emergency Management Building 535 Laurel Ave., Roselle Park
Sunday, June 5, 202211:00amUnion County Emergency Management Building 535 Laurel Ave., Roselle Park

Early Voting Poll Worker Training Schedule for Early Voting Team Members

These training seminars are intended to be for the team assigned to each particular location. If you cannot attend your specific training seminar, you must contact 908-527-4236. We look forward to seeing you at the training!

Click here to register

Cranford
May 20, 2022 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Union County College – Nomahegan Building
1033 Springfield Ave., Room N-4

Elizabeth
May 31, 2022 9:00am – 11:00am
Sampson Community Center, 800 Anna Street

New Providence
May 25, 2022 1:00pm – 3:00pm
DeCorso Community Center, 15 E. Fourth Street

Plainfield
May 31, 2022 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Union County College, 232 E. 2nd Street
Entrance on Church Street Parking Lot, between E. 2nd & E. 3rd Streets

Rahway
May 31, 2022 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Rahway Recreation Center, 275 E Milton Ave, Room 112

Roselle
May 23, 2022 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Amalfe Community Center, 1268 Shaffer Avenue

Union
May 24, 2022 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Union Township Senior Center, 652 Rahway Avenue (relocated)

Primary Election Early Voting Dates

  • Friday, June 3, 2022: 10am – 8:00pm
  • Saturday, June 4, 2022: 10am – 8:00pm
  • Sunday, June 5, 2022: 10am – 6:00pm

General Election Early Voting Dates

  • Saturday, October 29, 2022: 10am – 8:00pm
  • Sunday, October 30, 2022: 10am – 6:00pm
  • Monday, October 31, 2022: 10am – 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 1, 2022: 10am – 8:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 2, 2022: 10am – 8:00pm
  • Thursday, November 3, 2022: 10am – 8:00pm
  • Friday, November 4, 2022: 10am – 8:00pm
  • Saturday, November 5, 2022: 10am – 8:00pm
  • Sunday, November 6, 2022: 10am – 6:00pm

Just the Machine Training

The Election Board is hosting election equipment open houses for seasoned poll workers who would like to better familiarize themselves with the ExpressVote XL Voting Machine and the NEW Electronic Poll Book.

  • This is not a formal, required training session.
  • The voting machines and electronic poll books will be available for poll workers to train.
  • Staff will be available to answer any questions you may have.
  • Capacity within the room will be limited.
  • There will not be a formal training presentation.
  • You may come at any time during the hours posted and stay for a long, or as short of a time, as you would like.

Mountainside Municipal Building – Community Room
1385 Route 22 West, Mountainside

Monday, May 23, 2022: 1pm – 5pm
Wednesday, May 25, 2022: 2pm – 4pm

Union County Emergency Management Building
535 Laurel Avenue, Roselle Park

Monday, May 23, 2022: 2pm – 7pm
Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 2pm – 4pm
Wednesday, May 25, 2022: 4pm – 7pm
Tuesday, May 31, 2022: 3pm – 7pm
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 – 1pm – 4pm

Union County Broad of Elections
271 No. Broad Street, Elizabeth

Saturday, June 4, 2022: 10am – 2pm
Sunday, June 5, 2022: 10am – 2pm

Poll Worker Paycheck Distribution Schedules and Paycheck Messenger Designee