Work at the Polls on Election Day

(Sticky Post) Published January 3, 2024 | Town Clerk

Why Work at the Polls?

To help America vote! There is a critical shortage of poll workers nationwide and Sudbury is no exception. Help strengthen our democracy, help strengthen your community, and help America vote.


What Does a Poll Worker Do?

Poll workers (election officials) are essential to the election process. Some tasks include:

  • Checkers – check voters in via poll pad or voter list, provide ballot to voter
  • Ballot Box Attendant – Supervises the ballot box,  directs voter to cast ballot into the voting machine for their precinct
  • Vote Tallying – Review voting machine totals and count write-in and unread ballots at end of day.

There are four shifts of duty on Election Day:

  1. 6:30AM – 2PM- Morning shift
  2. 2PM – End (around 9PM) Afternoon shift
  3. 6.30AM- End     Full day
  4. 8PM – Completion of Tallying (Tally Tellers)

Poll workers are paid for the hours they work or they can be volunteers.


Poll Worker Requirements

  • Poll Workers must be registered voters.
  • Poll Workers are interviewed by the Town Clerk and appointed by the Select Board.
  • Poll Workers must attend training prior to working at the polls.

Poll Worker Training Materials

Sign up today!

Interested in being a poll worker in Sudbury? Fill out the one-page application and email the completed form to the Town Clerk’s office at Our office will contact you to set up an interview.


Questions? If you need more information, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-639-3351 or email


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