If you’re looking for a way to serve your community and make some money along the way, you may be the perfect candidate to become a poll worker this upcoming autumn.

It’s hard to believe, but Election Day is right around the corner, and New Jersey needs your help to make it happen. On Election Day, we aren’t just choosing who will represent us in our elected bodies of governance. When we cast our ballot, we are fulfilling the American ideal of a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Election Day, however, would not be possible without the hundreds of devoted poll workers who offer their time and resources to keep democracy thriving in the Garden State.

So why should you apply to be a poll worker? First and foremost – you get paid! NJ poll workers will earn $21.43 per hour on in-person early voting days and $300 on Election Day. Beyond monetary benefits, serving as a poll worker can also be greatly rewarding on a personal level. By offering up a bit of your time, you will be a firsthand witness to the democratic process. Furthermore, you can leave your shift satisfied, knowing you served an integral role in uplifting your community and keeping your local elections fair and accessible to all.

Who is eligible to apply to be a poll worker? You are eligible to apply if:

  • Are a United States citizen and a resident of New Jersey.
  • Are a registered voter in the county in which you reside.
  • Are at least 16 years of age. College and high school students are encouraged to apply.
    Note: Those under 18 years of age will work limited hours per shift and do not have to be registered to vote. Contact the County Board of Elections for further information.
  • Are not running as a candidate in this election.

Possible work dates for the in-person voting period will occur on the following dates:

  • Early in-person voting: October 28, 2023 – November 5, 2023
  • Election Day: November 7, 2023

If you are interested in being a part of this important initiative, applications can be filled out here: Apply – Poll Worker. Early voting will be available Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm, and 10 am to 6 pm on Sundays. On Election Day, polling locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Work schedules will be determined by your local county based on staffing needs and your availability. On the application, registrants will have the ability to choose which dates they are available to participate.

Although you may only spend a day or two working at the polls, the impact of your service will be felt throughout the Garden State in the years to come. This is a wonderful opportunity to make some money, learn more about the democratic process, and support members of your community along the way. Don’t miss your chance to play a part in the American experience, be certain to apply today!

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