Work at the Polls!
What is an Election Worker?
Election Workers work at the polls on election day and during early voting to ensure voters are able to exercise their rights in an honest and well-organized manner. Hidalgo County needs approximately 500 Election Workers for each general election.
Who can be an Election Worker?
You are eligible if you are registered to vote in Hidalgo County do not hold an elected office or are not the employee of an elected official enjoy interaction with the public are detail-oriented, able to take direction well and not easily distracted.
When are election days and what are the hours worked?
General elections are held each year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Primary elections, if held, are always scheduled for the second Tuesday in March in even numbered years. Uniform elections are held on the first Saturday in February, the second Saturday in May and the second Saturday in September. Early Voting begin 17 days prior to any election and continues through the 4th day prior to that election.
Election Workers arrive at the polling place at 6:00 a.m. on election days and must remain until the polls are closed and results are called in or transported to Election Central. Polling places for election day are always 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.. Early voting hours vary from election to election but are commonly 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
What type of people work as Election Workers?
Just about everyone! We have senior citizens and baby-boomers; professionals, self-employed individuals and those that are retired. This creates a highly diverse workforce. We are also looking for workers who, in addition to being fluent in English, can also speak other languages, especially Spanish. If you are fluent in another language, please indicate this on your application form.
Are Election Workers paid?
Election workers are paid for the days they work during the election process. Training compensation is also provided to the poll workers.
How do I apply?
You have a few options...
- complete the online form and e-mail it to us. The link can be found at the bottum of the page.
- print the document, fill it out and then mail it to:
P.O Box 659
Edinburg, Texas 78539
- fax the completed form to us at 956.318.2569.
If you have any additional question please call us at 956.318.2570
Poll Worker Application (PDF)