Poll Workers

The rate of pay for Election Day is $300


  • 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


  • 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

Poll Worker Application

Virtual Training

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

  • The updated course will be available after October 15, 2021. This will serve as a supplement to the in-person training for the 2021 General Election. Completion of this course does not qualify for the training stipend.
  • This 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.

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.

Berkeley Heights October 13, 2021 *  9:30am & 1:30pm Berkeley Heights Municipal Building, 29 Park Avenue, Highlander Room  Kenilworth October 12, 2021 * 9:30am & 1:30pm Kenilworth Court Room, 567 Boulevard  
Clark October 18, 2021 * 2:00 pm & 5:30pm Clark Recreation Center, 430 Westfield Avenue  Linden October 18, 2021 * 9:30am Linden Public Library, 31 E. Henry Street  
Cranford October 6, 2021 * 6:00 pm Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave    Mountainside October 20, 2021 * 1:30pm 1385 Route 22 E, Municipal Building, Community Room  
Elizabeth October 14, 2021 * 4:00pm Union County College, Lesser Building, Theater 40 West Jersey Street  New Providence October 8, 2012 * 9:30 & 1:30 Municipal Building, 360 Elkwood Ave  
Garwood October 7, 2021 * 2:00pm Garwood Council Chambers, 403 South Avenue  Plainfield October 19, 2021 * 9:30am Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Avenue
Hillside October 15, 2021 * 9:30am William Buie Community Center 274 Hillside AvenueRahway October 12, 2021 * 6:00pm  Rahway Recreation Center, 275 E Milton Ave  
Roselle October 15, 2021*1:30pm Amalfe Community Center, 1268 Shaffer Avenue    Roselle Park October 14, 2021* 9:30am, 1:30pm & 6:00pm Union County Emergency Management Building 535 Laurel Ave.  
  Springfield October 21, 2021* 2:30pm & 6:00pm Springfield Pool, 44 Morrison Road  Summit Friday, October 8, 2021 * 6:00pm Summit Community Center, 100 Morris Avenue    
Union October 15, 2021 * 6pm Municipal Building, 1976 Morris Ave, Meeting Room  Westfield October 21, 2021 * 9:30am Westfield Council Chambers, 425 E. Broad Street  

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 residents 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.

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.

October 26, 20212pm – 5pmUnion County Emergency Management Building 535 Laurel Ave., Roselle Park  
October 27, 20216pm – 9pmUnion County Emergency Management Building 535 Laurel Ave., Roselle Park  
October 28, 202110am – 1pmUnion 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!

October 18, 2021 * 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Union County College – Student Commons
1033 Springfield Ave., Seminar Room A/B

October 16, 2021 * 10:00am to 1:00pm
Sampson Community Center, 800 Anna Street

October 7, 2021 * 9am to 12:00pm
New Providence Municipal Building
360 Elkwood Avenue, Gymnasium (Academy St. Entrance)

October 5, 2021 * 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Plainfield Board of Education Admin. Building
1200 Myrtle Ave, Auditorium

October 13, 2021 * 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Rahway Recreation Center, 275 E Milton Ave, Room 112

October 6, 2021 * 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Amalfe Community Center, 1268 Shaffer Avenue

October 20, 2021 * 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Union Township Senior Center, 968 Bonnel Court

“Just the Machine” Voting Equipment Open Houses

We are hosting open houses for poll workers who would like to better familiarize themselves with the new ExpressVote XL Voting Machine and ExpressPoll Electronic Poll Book. This is not a formal, required training session. The machines will be available for poll workers to train on and staff will be available to answer any questions you may have. 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. Attending one of these events does not qualify for the “paid training.”

We hope you find this to be a helpful exercise in better preparing you for the next Election Day! If you have any questions, please call us at 908-527-4123.

Thank you in advance for your kind attention and your continued cooperation.

October 13, 20216pm to 8pmBerkeley Heights Municipal Building, 29 Park Avenue, Highlander Room  
October 12, 20216pm to 8pmKenilworth Court Room, 567 Boulevard, Kenilworth  
October 18, 20219am to 4pmUnion County Emergency Management Building 535 Laurel Ave., Roselle Park  
October 22, 20211pm to 4pmWestfield Memorial Library 550 E Broad Street, Program Room  
October 28, 20216pm to 8pmUnion County Emergency Management Building 535 Laurel Ave., Roselle Park  
October 30, 20219am – 1pmUnion County Board of Elections 271 No. Broad Street, Elizabeth  
October 31, 202110am – 2pmUnion County Board of Elections 271 No. Broad Street, Elizabeth  

Poll Worker Paycheck Distribution Schedules and Paycheck Messenger Designee